Behind the Scenes in North Carolina

Spring is here and it’s time to get out—so we did just that!

A team of our design associates headed to North Carolina for a behind-the-scenes look at how our beautiful fabric and furniture are made.

First stop: the wood factory.

We watched how our tables and chairs are carefully crafted from a raw piece of wood to a gorgeous smooth finish, resulting in many stains and colors.

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To see the finished products, check out our vast selection of chairs and stools!

We learned even more about quality construction and where the wood comes from (right here in the US!) A few of us even got to practice wood finishing on our own small pieces.

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customizing your wood furniture

In a recent post, we discussed how we can help you make decisions on all of the options for customized upholstery pieces. Did you know there are also a ton of options for your wood furniture as well? Living room, dining room, bedroom…many come with a variety of choices!

Choices are wonderful, and short of getting our own hammers and nails and building pieces ourselves, don’t we just love the ability to make things special to us?! But with all this power of selection at our fingertips, it is easy to be overwhelmed and confused.

Once again, break it down and if needed, ask the experts for some help!

monroe-600blogMonroe 5-Piece Dining Set- Mist, Monroe Windsor Arm Chair – Mist, Swanson Cabinet, Hampton Views Artwork

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customizing your upholstery

In this day and age, we can customize and build our own anything…which is great, right? We get to decide on our personal coffee flavor, order custom fit jeans or update our phone case with a picture of our new puppy. But did you know, you can also customize your own upholstered sofa, chair, or even a headboard?

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It’s true! And the choices and combinations are almost endless! Choose from: over 500 fabrics, hundreds of styles & configurations, wood color on legs, nail head trim, or fabric piping.

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What does this all mean? How do you choose when the selection is so overwhelming? Let us help. You can do it in 4 easy steps:

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BRRR…Decorating with Birch for Winter

birch1Now that the Christmas tree is gone, you’re probably sweeping up the last of those pesky pine needles, amazed that they have somehow made their way to the other side of the house! (And yes, come mid-spring you’ll likely find the last group of them clustered together in a corner behind the sofa!) All those pretty lights and decorations that made your home so festive are packed away until next year and you look around feeling slightly bland and stark. It’s too early for spring décor…so how should you decorate in the transition before the next big seasonal changeover?

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make a statement with your mantel

What’s the best way to decorate your mantel? Quite often this is the focal point of a room, anchored by one main piece, maybe a mirror or artwork.  Once you have that in place on the wall, what to do next?

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Here are some quick tips & ideas:

  1. Mix metals – no need to choose between silver or gold – use them both to make things sparkle and shine.  Mix a dull finish with shiny, soft and round with rigid and clean edges.
  2. Make sure you have a variety of heights for visual balance and interest.
  3. Overlapping frames, one horizontal & one vertical, leaning against the wall add a fun, casual touch.
  4. Books, either side by side or stacked, add a classic touch.
  5. Is a TV the main focal point? Then a simple candle stick or sconce on either side will complete the look nicely.
  6. When you’re decorating for a holiday, be sure to remove your everyday items to make room for holiday decor. Don’t force them all on together or it will be too crowded.
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