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Lester Guillot III - Employee Spotlight February 2023
Lester Guillot III - Employee Spotlight February 2023


Lester Guillot III
Assistant Manager - Airline Highway

Lester Guillot III has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding since 2006. Prior to joining our team, he was a store manager with Barnes and Noble and Office Depot.

What do you like best about your job? 

When asked what he likes most about his job Lester replied,
The thing I like best about my job is watching people grow. I like helping and developing them! It’s nice and rewarding to know that I’ve had an impact on employees’ lives to help them get better.” 

Harry Wiggins, Store Manager adds: 

“Lester is a vital part of the team here in Baton Rouge. He has been involved in the many transitions here at our Airline location over the past 16 years from working in delivery and receiving, to learning the accounting and office side of the store as well. He ensures that the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed every day, often coming in before most are up to make sure that the day flows as it should. He is always involved with helping the sales staff with inventory issues or calming down an upset customer. He is a hard worker that never quits or takes shortcuts and is always in the fight. His efforts allow me and the rest of the team to focus on taking care of the customers and driving sales. I truly am blessed to have him as part of the team, and I can’t imagine the last 16 years without him in the co-pilot seat.”

When Lester is not at work: 

When Lester is not at work he says, I love spending time with my family, watching sports with my son, and visiting with my father. Another thing I love is cooking! It’s my stress relief! People love my gumbo and my mac-n-cheese!”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know is:

When asked what advice he would give to anyone wishing to join the Home Furniture Team Lester replied, “The main things we look for that one must have to work at Home Furniture are to be friendly, courteous, and honest. This applies to any position. If they possess these qualities, they can go far in the company!”

Born in New Orleans, LA and raised in the suburb of Terrytown, Lester now resides in Baton Rouge, LA with his wife Tracey, and their son, Lester IV.

Shelley Lavergne - Employee Spotlight January 2023
Shelley Lavergne - Employee Spotlight January 2023


Shelley Lavergne
Furniture Prep & Repair - Lafayette, LA Distribution Center

Shelley has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding since August 28th, 2019, fulfilling her position as a furniture prepper and repair technician at our Distribution Center (DC). Shelley has been in the furniture business for 44 years. She started developing her skills dealing with upholstery repair and re-covering while working at Romero’s Upholstery in Scott, LA. Over the years her skills further developed while employed at Robicheaux Furniture and Olinde’s Furniture, both of Lafayette, LA.

What do you like best about your job? 

When asked what she likes most about her job Shelley replied, “I take great pride in my job. I’m really picky about how my work comes out and I want to make sure that our customers are happy! If you keep them happy, they’ll keep coming back!”

Faith Dorsey, Co-Distribution Center Manager, adds:
“Shelley has been a team member at our DC since August of 2019. She is a furniture repair specialist and takes pride in making sure her repairs are undetectable. She has great skill in returning the original look and beauty to furniture that has been damaged or lost its functionality. Every day can result in torn fabric, scratched surfaces, or broken hinges. No job is too large or small. She will apply her knowledge and get it done right.”

When Shelley is not at work: 

When Shelley is not working she says, “I stay busy at home. I love the outdoors, cooking, restoring antiques, listening to classic rock and roll music, and relaxing with my dog Jag. My passion is helping people out. Actually, my long-standing nickname has been ‘McGiver’ because I love helping others!” 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know is:

“Back in the day, I worked at my great grandparent’s family farm in Opelousas, LA raising our own food and churning milk into butter. I also hunted, trapped, skinned, and sold the furs! Also, in my younger days, I was a bodybuilder!” Shelley says. 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

When asked what advice she would give to anyone wishing to join the Home Furniture Team Shelley replied, “To do your job to the best of your ability and to always have a smile. Home Furniture has great benefits and one of the best benefits is the great family atmosphere here!”


Born in New Orleans, LA, and raised in Sunset, LA, Shelley resides in Carencro, LA with her rescue dog, Jag. Shelley also has two grown sons, Brandon and Dylan.
When is the Best Time to Buy New Furniture
When is the Best Time to Buy New Furniture


Have you been thinking about upgrading some of the furniture in your house but are wondering when is the best time to do it? If so, you’re in luck because at Home Furniture Plus Bedding we’ve got you covered for all of your furniture needs at any time of the year. Not only have we been voted a Top 100 Furniture Store in America for more than 15 years, we also have so many benefits for our guests anytime they decide to shop. 
Find out why the best time to shop for your furniture is anytime here at Home Furniture Plus Bedding. 


Financing 
At Home Furniture Plus Bedding we pride ourselves on having some of the best financing options around. We want all of our guests to be able to go home with the furniture that they want no matter their situation. A few benefits of our financing options include: 
  • The ability to pay over time for the furniture you want 
  • Convenient monthly payments 
  • Online account management 
  • Available promotional offers 
We even offer a hassle-free lease to own furniture option so you can give the furniture you want a test run in your house before fully making a commitment.  


Delivery
At our discounted furniture store and mattress center we offer next day delivery to all of our guests because we know that once you find something you love you’re going to want it in your home as soon as possible. We have some of the best furniture and mattress delivery in the area thanks to our professional crew. No matter the time of year you can count on your furniture or mattress purchase to be in stock, delivered to your home, and even set up by our crew. 
We have over 40,000 furniture and mattress options to choose from at all times so you are guaranteed to find something you love no matter when you decide to shop!


Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding of East Texas and Louisiana
Stop waiting for the right time to find the furniture of your dreams. Visit us at Home Furniture Plus Bedding of East Texas and Louisiana for year-round benefits and discounts. Our furniture experts can help you find the perfect furniture or mattress, help you decide on financing options, and get you set up with next day delivery. 
If you have any questions or would like more information about the benefits of shopping at Home Furniture Plus Bedding feel free to contact us online today!


Bryan Parker - Employee Spotlight January 2023
Bryan Parker - Employee Spotlight January 2023


Bryan Parker
Distribution Center's Man of Many Hats

Bryan Parker has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding at the Distribution Center since 2015.  He began his career as a furniture prepper but his many talents have propelled him into fulfilling many duties such as loading trucks, receiving, cleaning, and even maintaining the flower beds. Prior to joining our team, Bryan worked at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette, LA.

This “Man of Many Hats” says, “I can and have done every position needed whenever called upon except driving machinery and delivery trucks!”

Faith Dorsey, Co-Distribution Center Manager adds: “Parker wears many hats daily and his versatility speaks for itself. Whether he’s in prep; keeping our warehouse in tip-top shape, delivering furniture, or in the flower bed he takes great pride in completing all tasks efficiently. Most importantly, he does it with a smile on his face and his great sense of humor fills the room with laughter. If ever I need a task done I know exactly who to call.” 

What do you like best about your job? 

When asked what he likes most about his job Bryan said, “I like the atmosphere and the people. I don't come here just for the money. I love getting up in the morning, coming to work, and being the best I can be on a daily basis.” 

Dwayne Arceneaux, Home Furniture Company President adds: “Bryan is an MVP within our organization. Whenever and wherever there is a need, he is always the first to step up. He approaches every task with focus and enthusiasm and takes great pride in everything he does. Not only is he one of our hardest workers, but he also brings a contagious attitude and energy to the job every day. We are lucky to have him on our team and we are proud of the way he represents our company.” 

When Bryan is not at work: 

When Bryan is not working he can be found fishing or spending time with his newest 5-month-old grandchild, Rylan. Bryan also says, “I love spending time at home with my fiancé Stephanie, my mom, and my siblings as well. Work, family, my grandson, and fishing. That’s my life! I also occasionally pressure wash houses and maintain flower beds as side jobs.” 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“When I was 11 years old, I was the batboy for the Lafayette Drillers Semi-Pro baseball team. I was very good at baseball! I always made the All-Star team every season and at the age of 14, I was clocked by a professional scout throwing a fastball at 92 mph! I’ve always had a passion for playing professional baseball, specifically for the San Francisco Giants! Let’s just say that I would’ve been the next “Louisiana Lightning!” I still play recreational softball, and man, we compete! I also coached a 9-, 10-, and 11-year-old girl’s softball team for 6 years, and we won 5 championships out of those 6 years,” says Bryan.  

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

When asked what advice he would give to anyone wishing to join the Home Furniture Team Bryan said, “Home Furniture is a good company to work for. They care about you and your family. You can make a good career here, but it’s all up to you and how bad you want it. Remember, you gotta crawl before you can walk. You gotta earn it and NEVER give up!”


Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Bryan resides in his hometown with his fiancé, Stephanie Boudreaux.
Outstanding 2022 Performances Recognized at Annual President's Club Banquet
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 2022 President’s Club recipients are recognized for achieving the highest levels of sales excellence across multiple categories. The 2022 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. 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!
Tanisha Francis - Employee Spotlight December 2022
Tanisha Francis - Employee Spotlight December 2022



Tanisha Francis, Customer Service Trainer, has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding since July, 2021. Before joining our team Tanisha worked in customer service for ATT as well as in the hotel industry. 

When asked what she likes best about her job Tanisha said, “Working at Home Furniture is like working at a home away from home. The company has great leadership and everyone works as a great team! I just love my job and taking care of our customers.”

Flint Davis, Customer Relations Director adds: 

“Tanisha is a meek and quiet individual who exercises patience daily. Her calm character and mild tone are definitely needed when speaking with customers. These are qualities you cannot teach.  

A proud mother of three, Tanisha loves her kids and family. The purpose of the family is to maintain the well-being of its members. Tanisha manages to do that in her personal and professional life. She manages to spend as much quality time with family and with her colleagues to make everyone better. This positive attribute falls in line with Home Furniture. We are proud to have Tanisha as a family member, trainer, teammate, and a positive influence. Her attitude is a breath of fresh air!”


When Tanisha is not at work she is spending time with her three children, Autumn, Christian, and Summer. Tanisha says, “I also enjoy tailgating at LSU football games, shopping, and watching action movies!” 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know is:

“That I continue to play the flute! I’ve been playing since the 6th grade,” says Tanisha. 

When asked what advice she would give to anyone wishing to join the Home Furniture Team Tanisha said, “Be professional. Take your time. Be patient. Don’t try to figure it all out at once.”

Born and raised in Crowley, LA, Tanisha resides in her hometown with her three children.

Elliott Peltier - Employee Spotlight December 2022
Elliott Peltier - Employee Spotlight December 2022


Elliott Peltier
Maintenance Supervisor

Elliott Peltier has been the Maintenance Supervisor at Home Furniture Plus Bedding for three years. He services the distribution center as well as all eight store locations across East Texas and Louisiana. Before starting his journey with Home Furniture Plus Bedding Elliott was a private contractor. 

What do you like best about your job?

“My job always consists of doing something different and challenging from the day before. I’m always learning! Everyone here is friendly and easy to work with,” says Elliott.

Craig Holston, Repair and Maintenance Manager, says: “Two things that make Elliott so successful are his fearlessness and his learning mindset. He tackles projects head-on, jumps in with both feet, and never looks back. If he isn’t familiar with a solution already, he does some deep research, and BAM!- he becomes an instant expert. Home Furniture is lucky to have such a valuable guy on our team!”

Flint Davis, Customer Relations Director, adds: “It’s been known that some people go above and beyond. That statement does not describe Elliott. His demeanor supersedes that statement. Elliott is a respectable person, extremely knowledgeable, and detail-oriented. We are blessed and fortunate to have such a positive figure like him. I’m honored to spotlight Elliott since he never seeks recognition for all the good he does. Thank you, Elliott, for all that you do. You have no idea how special you are to us. We are just that much better since you joined our team.”

When Elliott is not at work:

When Elliott is not working, his passion is all about spending time with his three children, Charlotte, Hewitt, and Estelle, and making sure to be present for all of their events.

He also enjoys bow hunting for deer during his off time.

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“Most co-workers may not know that I graduated from the University of Louisiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management,” says Elliott.

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

When asked what advice he would give to anyone wishing to join the Home Furniture Team Elliott said, “Always strive to do the right thing and be honest, even if you make a mistake.”


Born and raised in New Iberia, LA, Elliott resides in Coteau, LA with his wife Mandy, and their three children Charlotte, Hewitt, and Estelle.
Freddy Chapman - Employee Spotlight November 2022
Freddy Chapman - Employee Spotlight November 2022


Freddy Chapman
Regional Customer Service Technician


Freddy’s Journey Here:

Freddy Chapman has been a huge part of Home Furniture since he joined us at the age of 17 on August 1st, 1983. He began his career at our Lake Charles location, and since then, he has fulfilled such positions as: Delivery Helper; Driver; In-Store Repairman; Inter-Company Driver; Warehouse Manager; Assistant Manager when needed; and his current position as a regional Customer Service Technician servicing mainly the areas of Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Beaumont.

Freddy’s responsibilities consist of addressing any and all issues regarding furniture repairs and assessments; however, what wins the day is Freddy’s friendly demeanor and positive connection with our customers.

What do you like best about your job?

Before the question was finished, Freddy emphatically answered with, “Taking care of customers.” Freddy went on to say, “I love dealing with our customers. If need be, during a negative situation, I’ll let them vent, and then I’ll gain some kind of common ground with them and reel ‘em back in and make ‘em happy. If you make ‘em happy, you can save the sale! When I leave their house, they’re gonna like me and like Home Furniture. We all wear the same shirt!”

Flint Davis, Customer Relations Director, adds, “Freddy is a valuable member in our service department.  He is one of the broadest thinkers I’ve ever met regarding solving problems. He never misses a moment to teach and add value to others in our company. I still recall my first day when he explained what Home Furniture expected. I appreciated the sound advice. That teachable moment still resides deep within me today. This forerunner has paved the way for many people, including myself to be successful in our company. All his counted and uncounted contributions never go unnoticed. I believe most of us all know that there is no one better with customers than Freddy. I want Freddy to know, “Greatness costs what it costs. It never goes on sale.”

Doug Smith, Advertising/Marketing Director, adds, “I have worked with Freddy for many years in different capacities within the company, ranging from warehouse and delivery to management and customer service. We’ve been through many adventures together and Freddy has consistently maintained a positive attitude with his co-workers and customers alike. He gets the job done, no matter what, and he is a great example to learn from. Freddy is a true lifelong friend and is like a brother to me.”

When Freddy is not at work:

“I love spending time with my family and doing family events, but in my spare time, my hobby is going to car shows. I love classic cars!”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is a great place to work for if you treat it like it’s your own. That’s something I learned early on from our founder, Ged Fleming. Also, do what you’re supposed to do and try to be the best at it.”

Born in Eunice, LA, and raised since the age of 5 in Lake Charles, LA, Freddy now resides in Lake Charles with his wife, Andrea, and their daughter, Lakyn. Freddy and Andrea also have two sons, Brandon and Antonio.

Rene McGee - Employee Spotlight November 2022
Rene McGee - Employee Spotlight November 2022


Renee McGee
Accounting, Lake Charles

Rene’s Journey Here:

Rene McGee has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding Accounting Office for 20+  years fulfilling the position of Inventory Accounts Payable. Prior to joining our team, Rene served in the United States Air Force for four years and did accounting for a Family and Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles, LA 

What do you like best about your job?

“One of the best things about working for Home Furniture, is my supervisor, Lori Berwick. Lori is one of the nicest, kindest people I know. She has faith in you that you can do your job, and do it without her having to micro-manage. Also, I love mastering the challenge of a big part of my job which consists of doing sales tax for all of our stores. I also like working and communicating with others in our company that deal with inventory and buying concerns.”

Lori Berwick, Home Furniture’s Chief Financial Officer, adds, “Rene has been an asset to the company since the day she started 20 years ago. She came to us with experience and was able to step into the position of inventory accounts payable right away and do the job well. She likes to learn new things.  After being with us for a few years, she also took on the task of preparing our sales tax returns. I can always count on her to do the things for which she is responsible and complete them in a timely manner. I can also count on her to help with anything that needs to be done, whether it is ordering supplies for the office, making sure we always have postage, stuffing envelopes, etc. She is a true team player, and I am glad she is on our team!”

When Rene is not at work:

“My passion is my 16-month-old granddaughter, Sophia! I would spend every weekend with her if I could! And now, we have a grandson on the way as well! I also love gathering with my family and listening and dancing to Zydeco music!”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“Something most co-workers may not know about me is that I am 17 years cancer-free. When I was diagnosed, I was only here two years, and the way I was treated throughout the process made me more than certain that I was at the right place concerning employment.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is the best company to work for. Everyone is down-to-earth and approachable, regardless if it’s the owner on down. If you maintain a good work ethic, you’ll have the opportunity to go far.”

Born and raised in Lake Charles, LA, Rene resides in her hometown with Robert, her husband of 33 years. The “empty nesters” have two grown sons, Quinton and Jordan.

Benefits of a Reclining Sofa
Benefits of a Reclining Sofa



A
reclining sofa can change your life in many ways, and maybe even improve your well-being! 

Recliners are perfect for relaxing after a long day. You can kick back in comfort in front of the TV and catch up on your favorite shows or watch a movie. A reclining sofa is a versatile piece of furniture. Not only can it be used as seating but with its adjustable design, it can be used to sleep on, too!

Home Furniture Plus Bedding serving East Texas and Louisiana has an expansive inventory of reclining sofas, and we are sure to have the perfect fit for you! Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of becoming the owner of a reclining sofa. 

Health Benefits of a Reclining Sofa

A reclining sofa not only feels good, but it’s also good for you! Whether you’re enjoying the big game or getting lost in a good book, a comfy reclining sofa benefits your mental and physical health. Plus, Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s reclining sofas are slimmer and more stylish than ever so you never have to sacrifice style over comfort!

Some of the health benefits include:

  • Relieves Stress

  • Improves Circulation

  • Reduces Back Pain

  • Eases Motion

Space Saver

If your sofa reclines and provides you with all of the benefits that a reclining chair would, there is no need for the additional reclining chair! Over the years, reclining chairs have become a bit of an eye-sore, and they take up a ton of space. A reclining sofa eliminates the need for an extra piece of furniture, opens up the room, and makes it look more modern!

Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding of East Texas and Louisiana

If you’re convinced that a reclining sofa is for you, stop into 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! Contact us with any questions you may have. We are eagerly awaiting your call!

Customers, Coffee and Life Experiences:  Damon West Shares His Story
Customers, Coffee and Life Experiences: Damon West Shares His Story

Home Furniture Plus Bedding employees from SE Texas and South Louisiana gathered on October 5 & 6, 2022 at their Corporate Office and Distribution Center, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The 2022 Sales Summit offered employees a chance to learn and grow both professionally and personally with 2 days of motivational and sales educational training.  The inaugural event was a dream come true for Chief Executive Officer Tony Kemp, Chief Operating Officer Ross Dees, and President Dwayne Arceneaux. Under the direction of Theresa Brough, the 2-day event was centered around employee development and sales training. Each day employees from all 8 locations traveled to Lafayette for a day packed with inspiration, education, and team building.  

 

“Anytime we can offer our employees appreciation and opportunity to grow, we embrace it.
To be able to have Damon West share his message, in person,
with our employees is such a great opportunity” stated Tony Kemp, CEO. 

 

Damon West, renowned author, and motivational speaker kicked off each day with his inspiring Coffee Bean message.  The Coffee Bean message tells the story of how he overcame the struggles associated with drug abuse, a life sentence, and recovery. While in prison a very wise man taught Damon how to survive and thrive under the extreme conditions that prison life bears by living each day like a coffee bean. Damon is passionate about the Coffee Bean message and loves sharing how it changed his life for the better and how it can change every one of us, too. According to Damon, you have 3 choices on how you can live. One is like a carrot – when the pressures of life hit, the pressure changes you and you become soft (sad and weak).  The second choice is to be like an egg – when the pressures of life hit, you change into a person with a tough exterior, becoming hard (mad and mean).  And then there is the best choice - be a coffee bean! When you live your life like a coffee bean and handle each day’s pressure like a coffee bean would, you change the world around you instead of the world changing you (positive)!  Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, is a best-seller and a part of Forbes’ “Top Twenty Books You Need to Read to Crush 2020.”  

 

“Focus on what you can control. You control what you think,
what you say, what feel, and what you do.” Damon West 

 

Guest presenters were Katie Alexander from Tempur-Pedic and Heather Dejong from Wells Fargo.  Each day several of Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s top sales professionals and most experienced team members participated in panel discussions on a wide range of furniture and mattress sales related topics. 
Day one sales team panel members were:  Beau Derouen, Hannah Albers, Darren Spell, Jacob Ross, Ethan Weatherly, Casey Barnett and Matthew Burke Eastin.   
Day two sales team panel members were: Sharon Ford, Paul Le, Carl Hudson, Lisa Brittain, Jay Moon and Thomas Smith.   

 

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.  

#BeACoffeeBean   #WeAreHomeFurniture

Grady Laxey -  Employee Spotlight October 2022
Grady Laxey - Employee Spotlight October 2022


Grady Laxey
Distribution Center and Delivery Teams Driver


Grady’s Journey Here:

Grady Laxey has been a delivery driver for Home Furniture Plus Bedding since 2007. He has always put safety and customer service first. Before joining our team, Grady was a driver for Conn’s and Magnolia Liquor.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like being on the road meeting people. I like challenges and fixing things… making good things happen. I like the people I work with, and the company is very fair. I have nothing but good things to say about Home Furniture.”

Johnathan Savoy, Delivery Operations Manager, adds, “Grady is just a cut above, no matter the delivery or situation, he will make sure it is done professionally and respectfully. He takes pride in himself and his work. He embodies the Home Furniture Company way. He is always engaged and puts forth his best effort.”

When Grady is not at work:

“I love how my job here allows me to spend time with my family! My wife and I like traveling and being with our grandkids.”

 Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“This job is not for everyone but try it! If it’s for you, stay at it because if you do what you like to do, then it’s not really a ‘job’.”

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Grady resides in his hometown with his wife, Vanessa. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Ashley Guillory-Louis -  Employee Spotlight October 2022
Ashley Guillory-Louis - Employee Spotlight October 2022



Ashley Guillory-Louis
Assistant Customer Service Manager

Ashley’s Journey Here:

Ashley Guillory-Louis has been a Customer Service team member at Home Furniture Plus Bedding since May 2018 and in May 2022, she was promoted to Assistant Customer Service Manager. Prior to joining our team, Ashley was an insurance agent.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like the environment and my co-workers. Home Furniture is not a stressful place to be. Not only do we get our jobs done and we take it seriously, but it’s like family.”

Flint Davis, Customer Relations Director, adds, “One of my greatest opportunities has been getting the chance to experience is seeing Ashley grow as a person and in her position. Her pure willingness to learn is one of her strongest attributes.  Over the course of two years, Ashley has applied herself becoming a true asset to our company. One of the things that makes her so special is that she cares about our customer service team and our department.  The word care is missing from many today and that is what makes Ashley uniquely different. In closing, I am extremely proud of Ashley. Her effort never goes unnoticed. It is refreshing to have a person show up respectfully with a smile no matter what is going on. Thank you, Ashley, for all that you do for Home Furniture and me. Let this spotlight always shine bright on you. Keep evolving. I believe in you!”

When Ashley is not at work:

“I love spending time and traveling with my family creating memories for our kids! But when I do have some free time for myself, I like shopping and gifting myself with a ‘Self-Care Day’ that includes a massage and getting a manicure and pedicure.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I am a proud Dale Carnegie graduate and I have an associate's degree in Business Administration from an online college!”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“The job is challenging, but you just have to experience it yourself to be successful. For the most part, it doesn’t feel like work at Home Furniture.”

Born and raised in Opelousas LA, Ashley resides in her hometown with her husband, Michael, and their children.

Tips for Arranging a New Bedroom Set
Tips for Arranging a New Bedroom Set



Is your bedroom making you tired in all the wrong ways? Don’t let your master bedroom be a place you only want to be in with your eyes closed. Spruce up your space with a new bedroom set and rearrange your furniture with these tips from Home Furniture Plus Bedding serving East Texas and Louisiana, and check out our
inventory of new bedroom furniture. New arrivals are dropping daily!

Bedroom Arrangement Tips

Here are some general tips for arranging your bedroom furniture: 

  • Choose the most practical wall for your headboard to rest up against. As is often the case with small bedrooms, there may only be 1 wall in your room that makes sense for the placement of the headboard or the head of the bed. Locate the wall that works best for this purpose and build your layout around it.

  • Center your headboard along the wall for symmetry. If you want to be able to walk around all the sides of your bed, centering the bed along the wall with space left on either side may be the best choice. If you choose this option, try to keep the rest of your layout relatively symmetrical and balanced.

  • Align the bed toward 1 side of the room to accommodate large furniture. Pick the most practical wall to press your headboard against, but instead of centering the bed along the wall, slide it over to one side. This may leave some extra space in front of your closet door, or it might allow you to squeeze a larger piece of furniture along the opposite wall.

  • Push the bed into a corner to open up the floor space. This arrangement can be perfect for long, narrow spaces. Place your bed in the corner of your choice, with the headboard and 1 side of your bed touching the walls. This will leave the rest of the room open for other furniture items.

  • Situate the head of the bed beneath the lowest part of a sloped ceiling. Sloped ceilings can make small rooms feel even more compressed, but proper placement of your bed will alleviate this issue. Push the head of the bed along the wall beneath the low point of the slope. In most cases, this is practical because you’ll be lying down and won’t miss the lost headspace.

  • Arrange other pieces of furniture around the bed, as the bed is the most important part of the room. Other pieces of furniture like dressers, nightstands, desks, accent chairs, or any other desired pieces are placed after the bed is in the perfect position for the most ideal sleep!

Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding Serving East Texas and Louisiana

Once you have visualized your dream space, it is time to pick out the bedroom set that matches it! Stop by our store serving East Texas and Louisiana, or contact us with any questions! 

Advantages of a Leather Sofa
Advantages of a Leather Sofa


If you are thinking about adding a leather sofa to your living room, you have come to the right place! Not only does Home Furniture Plus Bedding have a wide selection of
Leather Sofas to choose from, but we can also provide you with a few advantages to opening a leather sofa to make the choice a bit easier!

Durable & Easy to Clean

Leather has always been regarded as a valuable material for its durability. Quality leather sofas, like the ones sold here at Home Furniture Plus Bedding, undergo stringent modern tanning processes that make them resistant to cracking, sagging, or peeling. This allows them to last longer than conventional fabric sofas. In addition, leather is a flexible and strong material, making it resistant to tears and punctures. Castlery leather sofas and armchairs are made of either full-grain or top-grain leather, so they are not only durable but also age well. Leather sofas are resistant to stains and spills. No more spill scares! This winning quality makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze, especially for families with young children.

Prolonged Comfort

Leather sofas have unique natural fibers that allow them to retain its shape and appearance for a long time without looking worn. Instead, it becomes supple and soft, remaining comfortable with frequent use. The breathability of genuine leather also allows both heat and cold to dissipate quickly, hence leather couches easily adapt to the temperature of the room they’re in.

Hypoallergenic

For those who get allergies easily, you’ll be glad to know that leather sofas do not harbor dust mites or pet fur! Leather also repels dust, so it’s easy to keep it spick and span. This is why leather couches are so popular among those sensitive to common allergens.

Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding of East Texas and Louisiana

If you’re convinced that a leather sofa is for you, stop into 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! Contact us with any questions you may have. We are eagerly awaiting your call!

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 and Mattress Center 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 and Mattress Center 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! 

Mattress 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 Mattress Center 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 and Mattress Center 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.