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Photo taken at the Raymond Waites showroom
I’ve noticed a change in attitude recently. I have been hearing customers in the store and new clients saying things like, “We believe it is important to invest in a product we will keep for the long term” or “I’d rather have a nice piece that will last, rather than something I’ll want to get rid of in a couple of years”.
Honestly, this is a big change from a few years ago when most people were saying, “I don’t want anything nice, my kids are just going to ruin it” or “I don’t want to spend that much on something I will be tired of in a few years”. My generation has been accused of being a ‘throw away’ generation. We buy consumer goods intending to replace them before we’ve even gotten them out of the box.
Visiting the High Point Market this past week, I saw the manufacturers creating products that will more than meet the needs of what consumers are asking for now- something special that is worth keeping.
For the past few years, all we saw at market was solid beige linen covered upholstery. No details, nothing special. And, as much of this product has been imported from Asia, the quality of the upholstery has gotten progressively poorer (loose threads, uneven seams, etc). It was so refreshing and exciting to go to market and see exciting upholstered products that bring some creativity to a room.
Here are a few key examples from several of the market leaders in upholstery products:
From the Alexa Hampton collection- red grosgrain trim on the side of a chair
A red racing stripe up the center of a dining chair (sorry for the blurry photo!)
And, in a more classical color way in the main showroom, velvet with linen flange, including a little butterfly pleat at the corner.
Contrast welts in the same color way (gray on gray and cream on cream), just a different texture (such as velvet cord on a cotton fabric sofa), at no extra charge, even at the ‘entry’ level price point:
Mixing of fabric and leather in a new way, as well as mixing up the nailhead details- from tight spacing and the Greek pattern on the arm to the loosely spaced nailheads along the bottom of the fabric.
From the Amy Howard Furniture Collection- another look at mixing of textures (velvet on linen) in alternate colors and tone on tone.
How fun to see a collection that doesn’t look like you’ve seen it everywhere already!
I pointed out the nailhead detail above on the chair. Go back and look at the 2 sofas above the chair- they both feature different sizes and spacing of nailheads.
And, speaking of adding custom details notice these products from the Mr. & Mrs. Howard Collection by Sherrill Furniture:
This pink sofa was so beautiful in person. The sofa below has contrast trim at the bottom and throw pillows with trim. The ottoman has a unique nailhead detail. All these elements are available in the main product line and anyone can add these unique details to their new upholstery products.
As you can see, there are a lot of custom details with the latest upholstery products. If you are considering investing in new upholstery, I recommend you think about adding some of the customized elements to enjoy your furniture for the long term, not just the next couple of years. We would be happy to help you navigate your options if it seems overwhelming. Just stop in the store or email us with your questions.
Starburst mirrors are always a nice decorating solution. They’ve been around for centuries. The mirrors have seen a resurgence of popularity over the past 2-3 years.
We have several styles currently in stock. They range from about 12” up to over 36”. The prices start just under $98. Have a look at these styles and see if you have a good place in your home to tuck one of these mirrors. They look great centered over a bed or between 2 windows and their curtain panels. The mirror have a timeless and classic look that never goes out of style.
We have been receiving tons of great, fun Lilly Pulitzer items. The store definitely looks like spring (or summer given the heat already!). But, for those of you who aren’t up for such a color commitment, I wanted to share with you this beautiful sofa, in very neutral colors.
Here is the Lola sofa in a very colorful vignette:
Here is the sofa without all the colorful pillows:
It has classic tufting on the back, is upholstered in a soft beige color and has contrast piping in white.
Here is the same sofa in a ‘neutral’ setting:
The sofa is available in other fabrics and colors. It sells for about $4700. The piece is handmade in the USA and is incredibly comfortable. Please come in and see for yourself!
Many of you know we regularly carry some very nice wooden ottoman trays. We are excited to now offer a new style of wooden tray:
This new style has wooden handles and measures 31”lx20”wx3”h. This tray is in the driftwood finish (which is really an ‘unfinished’ state). This same tray is in stock in several colors and stains.
We also have additional inventory of the four handled wooden trays you will frequently see in the store. These trays measure 30”wx22”dx4”h and also come in several finishes.
The most popular finishes tend to be red, wood stain and rubbed black. They work wonderfully on coffee tables, kitchen counters, buffets. Any place you need some accessorizing or a place to corral miscellaneous items (remotes, keys, etc).
The trays range in price depending on which style and, in some cases, which finish. They start at $115 and are all constructed of solid mahogany wood.
And for any of you that have dreams of being a TV star or, possibly more importantly, having your home remodeled for free, HGTV is looking for individuals in the Austin area who have found their dream home, but need to fix up their existing home for a quick sale. They pay for the remodel of your existing home! Wouldn’t that be fabulous? You can contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the qualifications. Let us know if you decide to go for it!
Just a quick note before I share this week’s ‘before and after’. Charlotte, NC designer Traci Zeller featured one of my previous projects, a nursery for twin boys, on her most recent blog post. Traci is a fabulous designer, who also happens to be a mom of twins, so she frequently writes about and shares tips on twins. Stop by her blog to see her thoughts on twins sharing rooms and pictures of some fun twin bedrooms: http://tracizeller.com/blog/2012/should-twins-share-a-bedroom/
And if you are living a hectic life, with or without twins, (and who isn’t?), often times our guest bedroom becomes one of the last rooms we decorate. It typically houses the cast off furniture pieces from before you were married (her bed, his nightstand), your old bedding before you bought the king mattress, … you know the story.
My clients came to me last year and wanted to redecorate their guest bedroom for their parents who visit frequently. This is what the bedroom looked like when we started.
As happens, husband and wife’s tastes had changed over the years and while they once had enjoyed rustic wood furniture, they were now looking for something more sophisticated.
We painted the walls a new, soft green color and lightened up the ceilings. Drapes helped to soften the room as did an elegant upholstered headboard.
Open shelf chests were used as nightstands (it is a guest room, after all) topped with beautiful, timeless ceramic lamps.
Overall, a serene, chic and classic space. Just the type of room a visiting guest could hope to escape to!
If you would like help creating a chic space for your guest room, or any other space in your home, contact us at email@example.com
Our Lilly Pulitzer furniture pieces have finally started to arrive!
One of our (and everyone else’s) favorites is the Lilly Shoe Pouf!
This white upholstered, button tufted ottoman has a removable lid and the inside stores over 16 pairs of shoes, with plenty of room left over for other storage. This would be fabulous in any girl’s glam dressing room.
Check out the signature Lilly floral print inside- so fun!
The ottoman is 36”d x 19”h and sells for $789.99. Currently it is only available in white, but will be offered in other colors in the coming months!
We also now have all the Lilly fabric swatches from Lee Jofa available for you to see. You can even check them out and take them home to look at in your space if you would like to! There are some great graphic prints in fabulous colors.
Hope to see you soon!
Sometimes you just need a little filler décor on your bookshelves or table tops. We just received these darling ceramic vases in various sizes and colors.
I love the elegance of this set of 3 off-white ceramic vases. They are very small, only 3 1/2” to 6 /2” high, and cost $39.99 for the total set of 3.
Another fun set are these round vases which are a bright, tomato red. They come in small, medium and large and are about 4” h to 8”h (the large is actually quite big) and range from $14.99 to $49.99.
We would love to have you stop in to see all the new accessories!