Trend Report: Brass

Brass isn’t going anywhere. The reemergence of brass within interior design began a few years ago and has continued to gain in popularity. At the most recent High Point Furniture Market, we saw the brass trend in full swing, from dining tables to drawer knobs!
Edwardian Brass BookshelfLewis Floor LampLattice Entertain You ChairWhat is making brass so appealing right now? Well for starters, this isn’t your grandmother’s brass. When many people think of brass, they may only remember the heavy, uniform look of 1960’s-1970’s pieces, but oh, how times have changed!Grand Tour Cocktail TableOxblood Table LampMany of today’s brass pieces are made with updated forms and sleeker silhouettes. This allows brass décor to be easily mixed in with a variety of design styles.

Brass Hex Wire Side TableCalvin ChairThe versatility of brass can also be attributed to the many different finishes that are now available to the home decorator. With options like polished, antique, satin, or shiny, the look of brass is easily customizable. This also allows brass to be easily mixed in with the gold and silver that have previously dominated interior design.
Mandarin Writing Desk
Pedestal Dining Table
The M307 Brass Chest

No matter how you choose to style it, brass is a timeless look that brings a warmth and glow to even the smallest of spaces.

Are you ready to do some redecorating now? Contact one of our Design Consultants today!


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How to Pick a Pillow

The days are shorter and temperatures are getting colder.  More than likely you have been enjoying the daylight in the morning and have struggled with coming home from work in the dark in the evenings. Due to changes in weather and sunlight, many people find that it is difficult for them to sleep well during this time.  Many people, particularly early risers, experience disruptions in their sleep cycle that can lead to them feeling unrested during this transitional time. In order to obtain quality sleep, it is no surprise that finding the right mattress is key. What many people overlook is the importance of finding the correct pillow to pair with the perfect mattress. Your pillow plays an equally important role in allowing you to obtain quality sleep. It works in tandem with your mattress to correctly support your neck and spine and alleviate pressure points in the body.  Here are some helpful hints to help you choose the correct pillow. Sleepland #1 Come check out our Sleepland mattress gallery to see our full selection of top-name mattresses and pillows! Contact Sleepland Manager Rachel Sturm for more information.

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Dinner is Served!

Fall is here and before you know it, the holidays will be too! For many of us, the holidays are a time for family gatherings, parties, dinners and entertaining.

What better time to be thinking about your dining and entertaining areas and creating the perfect atmosphere for your guests! I recently competed in an episode of Space Off on The Design Network. My design challenge was to create a dining room space for a recently retired couple who loves to entertain their many friends, but also wants a place to have intimate dinners for just the two of them. They described their style as classic and timeless.

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When I was first given the challenge and saw the space I had to work with, I knew that I was going to have to divide it into multiple functional areas. *Design Tip* Use rugs to visually define and ground different areas within a space.

Space Off #2

While my couple considered their style to be classic and timeless, I really wanted to create an eclectic space that mixed different collections and created the feeling that the pieces in the room had been collected throughout the years. *Design Tip* Use host and hostess chairs at your dining table to add visual interest.  You can use the same fabric on the side chairs to tie it all together.

Space Off #4

I wanted the dining and entertaining areas to flow easily together. I pictured our client having dinner with friends at the dining table, and then transitioning over to the sofa and chairs for after-dinner drinks.  *Design Tip* Use a bench or ottomans in-between main areas. It helps to define your spaces, allows for extra seating when needed, and also keeps your space open.

Space Off #5

In great designs, function is everything! And if you find pieces that can function in multiple ways, all the better. While this client loves to entertain, every couple needs some time for just the two of them. I created an intimate dining area by the window – a cozy spot with a great view! *Design Tip* Putting two chairs with a small round table—which can be used for dining on the edge of a sitting area—creates dual purpose. This additional space can be used by guests to be part of the conversation.

To see more of this space check out the “Dinner is Served” episode on The Design Network!

Space Off #6

I love helping my clients bring their spaces to life! For help with your own space, contact me!

Meg McMillan

 

 

 

Meg McMillan | Design Consultant
Email: megmcmillan@furniturelandsouth.com
Office: 336.822.3307  |  Mobile: 336.213.0513

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Restoration Vintage Gallery Opening

Eclectic. Handmade. Restoration Vintage antique reproductions and vintage inspired pieces all tell a story, and many are made using natural fibers and reclaimed or recycled materials. Furnitureland South’s Restoration Vintage Gallery, now open on the first floor of the Mart, spans 22,000 square feet and, in addition to furniture, showcases lighting, rugs and accessories that perfectly complement this style.
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In this exciting new space, we carry several high-quality, well-known manufacturers, including Sarreid Ltd., Curations Limited, Furniture Classics Ltd., GJ Styles, Dovetail, and Four Hands. Within the industry and the retail market, these lines are known for their innovative designs and the versatility of their pieces.

With a vast range of products including, living room furniture, serving carts, bookshelves, bedroom furniture, lighting, artwork, and home accessories, Sarreid Ltd. is a furniture company like no other. They not only capture countless cultures, styles, silhouettes, and textures in their products, but their expansive collections enable them to meet the needs and tastes of a variety of customers.
Churchill Campaign Chest
Brighton Bamboo Side Chair
Wallis Picture Map

A rustic, elegant furniture manufacturer whose designs are crafted with exceptional quality and unique vision, Curations Limited is the perfect brand for those looking to add antique charm and casual sophistication to their home decor. Specializing in fine furnishings for the home such as upholstery, case goods and accessories, Curations products are crafted from only the best raw materials, including: oak, ash, velvet, linen, hemp, wool and leather. These not only provide consumers with a more durable product, but a more beautiful one as well.
Chamberry Leather Arm Chair
Summer Mirror
Old Casement CabinetDeconstructed Belfort Back ChairThe Restoration Vintage style fits easily into almost any design scheme, so we know you’ll find that perfect piece for your space. Make an appointment with a Design Consultant today and come see this exciting new gallery for yourself!


 

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Devoted Delivery

I am always in awe of the level of dedication and professionalism exhibited by the delivery team at Furnitureland South, but the matter was taken to a different level when I recently witnessed a delivery for the most amazing person I’ve ever known—my Mother!

Laura & her Mother

As I drove up to my Mother’s assisted living community, the sleek, black Furnitureland South truck that I love so much was already there waiting for me. They were delivering a chair, but not just any chair—it was a chair that would make my Mother’s life easier, more comfortable, and even healthier.
UltraComfort Stellar ReclinerThis UltraComfort of America “Stellar” recliner has the most positions available in their line. The back and leg support move independently of each other, you can lie in zero gravity, and you can raise your feet above your heart—which is perfect for increasing circulation & decreasing swelling.

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This was an extraordinary moment for me, to realize that the people from the place I love most were bringing something to the person that I love most. “Love” is what we’re all about here at Furnitureland South—we deliver what you LOVE. Whether by choice or by chance, electronically or physically, you’ve chosen to come to the largest furniture store in the world. We have the widest selection from which to choose EXACTLY what you want! Fairly soon after you’ve made your purchase, our delivery team becomes involved in your experience.

Mother with delivery professionals

My experience was nothing less than “Stellar!” As I was walking alongside Chase & Austin, our delivery teammates for the day, they wanted to know about my Mother. They were truly excited to know that this chair would increase her quality of life. When she met us all at the door, they shook her hand. They exclaimed, “We’ve brought you your chair!” and she replied excitedly, “I’ve been so looking forward to sitting in it!” My Mother fell in love with this recliner in our Mart at Furnitureland South, and was overjoyed when the relief she felt from her acute rheumatoid arthritis in-store translated into her home.

FLS Delivery ServiceI am so grateful that my profession as an interior designer has allowed me to help my Mother & others with projects just like this. For me, it doesn’t get any better than helping people feel more comfortable in their own environments. I say every day, “If it looks like I’ve been there, I haven’t done my job.” I have the privilege of helping my clients design their own sense of home. The pieces they select will be part of their everyday lives LONG after our time together is over. So, you see all of us at Furnitureland South work together to get what you love on our trucks, so that our kind, patient & devoted delivery team can bring you the same level of bliss that my Mother is feeling right now.

Mother with her Stellar Recliner
Laura DotsonLaura Dotson | Design Consultant
Email: lauradotson@furniturelandsouth.com
Office: 336.822.3543 Mobile: 336.706.6721

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Visit the Highboy

High·boy : (noun) a tall chest of drawers with a legged base

Wondering what that 85-foot tall structure is when you enter Furnitureland South? It’s the World’s Largest 18th Century Highboy replica.

Sid Lenger created the design for the Highboy. It was then traced onto a template, foam was added for flexibility and the team at Central Carolina Interiors carved out the design. The six-foot finial began as a mere block of foam, and had to be crafted off-site using a lathe.

Furnitureland South HighboyVisitors from far and wide come to see the Highboy—often sharing their Highboy photos through social media. I have included my own personal favorite photo of the Highboy below, and encourage you to join in the social media conversation by sharing your own favorite memories of this unique landmark. Tweet your photos to @FurniturelandS and @FLS_TimOBrien!

Furnitureland South Highboy

Tim O'Brien

 Timothy O’Brien | Design Consultant
Email: timothyobrien@furniturelandsouth.com
Mobile (Direct): 336.906.4420
Office: 336.822.3000 Ext. 3301
Fax: 336.822.3756

 

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Got Leather?

Various Leathers

In my 20 years in the furniture industry and 14 years of service at Furnitureland South, I have gained a great appreciation for the natural beauty of leather. I’d like to share some tips with you that will help you select the best leather for the way you live.

There is a leather for everyone and a leather for every household. When making a selection, you should strongly consider the way that you and your family engage with your furniture. Below I have listed the types of hides used in upholstery to get you started:

  • Aniline: Leather in its rawest form. This leather is for the real leather lover! The dyes used in processing Aniline leather are transparent chemicals, which allow the grain structure of the leather to be seen. These dyes show the natural texture, but do not protect the leather from damage. Aniline leather is best known for showing the natural characteristics of the hide.

    Aniline Leather.

    Aniline Leather.

  • Semi-Aniline: This leather is similar to Aniline, but has a thin protective top coat added to give it a little more protection from wear and staining.
  • Corrected: Corrected leather is the most protected of all leather options—it is sanded to remove the imperfections or natural markings. There is an added element of surface protection with corrected leather.

    Corrected Leather.

    Corrected Leather.

  • Bonded: Bonded leather is an economical alternative which uses the leftovers of leather to create a composite hide.

If you have a high energy household with lots of activity, a coastal home, a contemporary style, or a transitional home, corrected leather would be the ideal option for you. In a rustic or traditional setting, an aniline or semi-aniline leather would highlight the beauty of both the hide and your natural surroundings.

Aniline Leather.

Aniline Leather.

I would love the opportunity to guide you through your selection process and help you find the leather that is perfect for you.

Donald Wright

Donald Wright | Design Consultant
Office 336.822.3011 | Fax 336.822.3830 | Mobile 336.978.7539
Email: donaldwright@furniturelandsouth.com

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The Fresh Look of Painted Furniture

Yawn…For years, I have looked at my gorgeous but oh-so-traditional mahogany corner cupboard and wished that I could update its look with a painted interior, but I was afraid to do it myself.  As luck would have it, one of my designer clients recently mentioned Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which she enthusiastically endorsed.  Once I found out that you don’t even have to prep the surface before painting, I was in!

Before and After. I adore the new look!

Before and After. I adore the new look!

I’ve been thrilled to see the growing trend in recent years to paint traditional woods like mahogany or cherry, and the look is fabulous and fresh! While working with my clients at Furnitureland South, I constantly see stunning high-quality wood case pieces, some painted all over in a wonderful color, or some with only the interior painted, and I’ve developed some serious “paint” envy.  If I were to order any new wood case piece today you can bet I would add a warm and welcoming color somewhere.A01-CENTU10191HICKO10044CENTU10389A01-CTHSO10202HICKO10324You do not have to go through everything I did to have a beautiful painted piece of furniture (and it will be done professionally from the start)!  There are many fabulous top-quality manufacturers including Vanguard, Hickory White, and Century who now offer exquisite painted finishes in addition to their normal wood stains. Some brands even offer custom one-of-a-kind commissioned art work.

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Think what an amazing change these designs would bring to a room and then call me.  I would LOVE to help you create the perfect piece for your own home!

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Chris Fox | Design Consultant
Email: chrisfox@furniturelandsouth.com
Office: 336.822.3315    Mobile: 336.392.4553

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Dreaming of Italy… and the World’s Finest Linens

Italy Farmhouse

I enjoy my job every day but you know how it goes . . . some days are full of desk work and the necessary background tasks that keep things running smoothly. So on the days I get to touch and feel beautiful linens, I remember all over again why I fell in love with this field.

I love linens. Their aesthetic and tactile qualities are equally appealing. I love the silky feel of a high-quality sateen sheet. I love the whisper-thin drape of a cotton voile duvet. I love the immense and perfect detail of applique or cutwork on the cuff of a pillowcase. And I love the feeling I get when I imagine generations of people designing and crafting these linens for over 100 years in Italy.

I’m thinking specifically today of one of our oldest and best-known linen vendors; Sferra. What started in 1891 as one man, Gennaro Sferra, selling intricate Venetian lace collars and cuffs has become a luxury linen supplier to the White House, Vatican and celebrities alike.

Giza 45 is one of the most fabulous things about Sferra’s product line. This super-fine, super-long Egyptian cotton is usually reserved for high-end men’s dress shirts but Sferra has secured a small portion of the yearly yield to fabricate their silkiest sateen sheets. Once you feel these you’ll wonder what else you’ve been missing out on!

On the other end of the spectrum, but equally fabulous, are their crisp linen sheets. These are loved (especially in Europe) for their ability to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer thanks to their open weave.

On the decorative side, Cornova is a new collection with delicate lace flanging each sham and adorning the top of a crisp, percale duvet cover.  I think this makes for a dressy but really livable master bedroom, don’t you?

Another of my favorites is the Elda collection . . . you can’t believe this tissue-thin cotton voile could possibly be used for sheeting and duvets but it’s incredibly durable and machine washable! These cool and breezy linens sound like just the thing for a coastal retreat.

And did you know that Sferra makes table linens as well? If you love to set a proper table for your guests then you will love their selection of traditional cotton and linen tablecloths, placemats and napkins. They even occasionally veer off the path of tradition to give you a wrinkle-free, stain-free finish on those table dressings . . . we won’t tell if you don’t.

Well there you have it–just a sampling of the world’s finest linens. These finishing touches are the icing on the cake; the elements that make your beautifully furnished home feel like home . . . or Italy. However you like to think of it.

Jessica Yelverton
Jessica Yelverton | Sleepland Linens Specialist
Email: jessicayelverton@furniturelandsouth.com
Office: 336.822.3000 ext. 2432

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Calling All Designers

Furnitureland South Design Center

Why shop locally, when you can shop at the World’s Largest— 1.3-million square foot —furniture showroom in the Furniture Capital of the World? Treat us like we are in your backyard and let us be your “local” resource for home furnishings. Prior to your visit, we can offer great concierge service as well as suggest which of the three major area airports would be the best choice from your city of travel. Furnitureland South partners with various area hotels—whether you prefer a boutique style hotel, such as the historic J.H. Adams Inn in downtown High Point, or luxurious amenities, like those offered at the Grandover Resort  in nearby Greensboro, we will help you find accommodations that perfectly fit your needs. Let us help you customize your trip.
Design Center Library Design Center WorkstationPrivate VIP RoomDesigners—bring your clients with you year-round and take advantage of our state-of-the-art Design Center, which includes great work spaces, current fabric and finish samples and great resources such as private VIP rooms, free Wi-Fi service and refreshments. We carry over 1,000 manufacturers with large displays of the industry’s top name-brands, and add new vendors year round. We ship nationwide and offer the best White Glove Delivery Service.

Design Center

Tim O'Brien

Timothy O’Brien | Design Consultant

Contact Tim to learn more about our store and resources for interior designers:
Email: timothyobrien@furniturelandsouth.com
Mobile (Direct): 336.906.4420
Office: 336.822.3000 Ext. 3301
Fax: 336.822.3756

Find out what other design professionals are saying about Tim: “It has been my pleasure and great joy to work with Tim and FLS over the last 15 years.  It is hard to believe there is a better design center and furniture company with more attention to detail than yours.  You, of course, are an integral part of my decision to refer my clients to FLS.  Thank you for making me look like a hero in the design world!”-Debbie Sykes, Interior Designer

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