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

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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.


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!



Chris Fox | Design Consultant
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
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:
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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The Bridal Suite of Wedding ‘Whites’

Wedding season is upon us! This beautiful time of year is the perfect setting for any wedding style—whether whimsical, sophisticated, glamorous, or relaxed. Similarly, from antique ivories to champagnes to petal pinks, the modern bride is no longer limited to the traditional pure white gown. The updated looks and color palettes of these distinctive bridal styles are also inspiring today’s most fashionable interiors.

As both a newlywed and a Design Consultant at Furnitureland South, I have realized how furniture & fashion are married. Trends and style elements from the runway and the aisle find their way into the details of home design. This is especially true for bedrooms! You can see how the bed designs shown here evoke these inspiring bridal looks.

Vintage and Elegant
Vintage & ElegantSophisticated and Sleek
Sophisticated & SleekSoft, Romantic, and Chic
Soft, Romantic, & ChicWhimsical
DramaticSimple and Relaxed
Simple & RelaxedGlamorous


Kristin Grubb

Kristin Grubb | Design Consultant
Office: 336.822.3000 Ext. 3109
Mobile: 336.558.6404














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My Father and His Recliner

Karen's Parents
The one thing that sticks in my mind is the relationship my parents always had.

I see many couples come into Furnitureland South and there is an ongoing dispute over whether the husband or boyfriend gets his say to have a recliner in the room we are furnishing. Growing up there was always a recliner in the living room or family room for my father to sit in and watch TV and usually on Friday nights, as a young child, I would sit on his lap while he watched the Friday night fights.   He would have a bowl of some snack, usually peanuts or popcorn that he made the old-fashioned way with oil in a pan and a lid. I would fall asleep way before the end of the program and he would be leaning back in his recliner holding me until my mother woke us to go to bed.

My father has been gone now for 12 years, but he lived with my mother on their own into his early 90’s.  He always had a recliner and even during those last years of his life when his mind was as bright as ever but his body was failing, he enjoyed sitting in his recliner to read the newspaper, do the crossword puzzle that day or just bear with my mother’s soap operas on TV!

His recliner was usually some blue or green tweed, but it was his chair and I can still see him sitting in it. I miss my father and know that his chair is the one thing he loved of all the furniture they ever bought.  You can always fit a recliner into the room……

Karen Beveridge


Karen Beveridge | Design Consultant
Office: 336.822.3000 Ext. 3332
Mobile: 336.404.2908



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Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Chair

With so many great modern styles represented in our new Modern Gallery, you can’t forget about Mid-Century Modern. Characterized by clean lines, simplicity and an attention to function, Mid-Century Modern furniture continues to be on trend today.

Mid-Century Sofa and Ottomans

One of the greatest things about Mid-Century Modern pieces is that they can blend into a wide variety of spaces. You can pair a piece with a more contemporary setting, with vintage pieces that have been passed down through generations, or mix it into your transitional or eclectic space for an added pop.

Mid-Century Chairs and Cocktail Table

Mid-Century Dining Table and Chairs

The exciting array of pieces in the Modern Gallery will enable you to achieve a personalized Mid-Century Modern look.  From fabulous upholstery pieces—sofas, chairs, and ottomans—to dining, bedroom, accents and accessories, you’ll find everything you want!

Mid-Century Sofa and Cocktail Table

And with such a fun style, this can be the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color. From blues to oranges to reds, Mid-Century Modern is sure to give you that splash of color in some unexpected places!

Mid-Century Wall Clocks

Many notable manufacturers, like Control Brand, Dwell Studio for Precedent, Lazar Industries, Nuevo, Precedent, Thayer Coggin, Younger, and Zuo Modern, are all located in our new Modern Gallery. With so many great lines and collections to choose from, you are sure to find something to work into your room!  Or we can mix-and-match manufacturers, as shown below to create the perfect Mid-Century space…the outcomes are endless!

Meg McMillan Room Scene

Some of my favorite pieces in my own home are my Mid-Century Modern finds!  They add the perfect touch to bring together different styles in my space. Come visit Furnitureland South and we’ll find the perfect pieces to create your home!


Meg McMillan






Meg McMillan | Design Consultant at Furnitureland South
Office: 336.822.3000 Ext. 3307

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Coastal Condo in Myrtle Beach

CO-AUTHORChristina Garrison

In June of 2013 our client, Nancy, arrived at Furnitureland South and needed to quickly furnish her 4-bedroom luxury high-rise penthouse, located in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Nancy needed to have everything ready to ship the week of July 4th, so that she could open for rentals. Knowing time was critical, we searched for items that were available for immediate delivery from our 300,000-plus square foot Outlet.  As we shopped, we kept track of items of interest by taking photos all over our expansive campus.

By the end of the first day, we started to have a vision for each room. Nancy had several personal antiques that she wanted to use, so we were mindful of these during our selection process. One such piece was a unique seashell bust that we used for inspiration.

Seashell Bust-Beach Condo

We began day two with rested minds and eyes, and the project really started to take shape.  Christina and I have been coworkers and friends for 25 years and it is magical when we work together—just magical!  To help our client visualize her furnished getaway, we became movers:

“Carry this cocktail table over to that Huntington House sofa…”

Huntington House Sofa

“I found the perfect dining chairs to go with this table!”

Sharon Table 2 chairs Outlet

Other amazing Outlet finds included this Heritage Cane Bench by GuildMaster:

Guildmaster Heritage BenchAnd this versatile Port Royal Side Chair by Stanley Furniture:

Stanley Port Royal Side Chair

On and on it went, until we were finally finished. Nancy left tired but very pleased, not only with the selections, but also because we were able to stay within her budget.

Christina joined forces with Chris, Julie, and Willie in our delivery department to have items pulled from display and routed to our huge distribution center.  Between these guys and our White Glove Delivery team, we made the deadline.

And speaking of delivery-when the Furnitureland South drivers arrived, a falcon perched atop the condo’s balcony railing and stayed there for the entire installation process. Nancy felt as though she had the bird’s approval and blessing for her new space. This inspired her to commission a painting of the falcon which she now proudly displays in her newly renovated haven.

It is easy to see why Nancy loves her view! We paired this game table with these versatile upholstered chairs to create the perfect spot to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Sharon balcony view

Nancy’s updated dining room combines style with coastal charm–perfect for a luxury beach condo. The treasured falcon painting hangs prominently above the breakfast bar.

Sharon dining room

Sharon Barnhill and Christina Garrison | Design Consultants at Furnitureland South
Email: or
Office: 822.3000 ext 3372 or 822.3000 ext. 3455

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Flying High with GJ Styles

Man Cave Series #2

“A man cave is a special part of the house dedicated to a man’s own pursuits and passions, whether spending time alone or with his mates” -Anonymous

Ray Haire #1

On Memorial Day, we honor our veterans for their patriotism, service, and sacrifice for our country. Photographs are an essential part of documenting our American military history. During World War II, this history was immortalized in the classic black and white photos of the time. These iconic pieces serve as the basis for the Aviator Collection developed by GJ Styles.

GJ Styles Aviator Collection Cowling MirrorBensington Sofa GJ StylesDrawing inspiration from WWII fighter bombers and pilots, GJ Styles has created an exceptionally artistic collection. The styles and features of these iconic planes and the Air Force pilots who flew them are woven throughout the entire Aviator Collection.GJ Styles Aviator Collection ChestGJ Styles Aviator Collection Chair

The sleek, aerodynamic lines of each piece are reminiscent of the aircraft, while design elements of the plane’s wing tips, engine, turbine, and cockpit are translated into functional, modern form.
GJ Styles Aviator Collection DeskGJ Styles Aviator Collection StoolGJ Styles Aviator Collection Hercules Bookcase


When it comes to pieces for a Man Cave- this collection soars!

Ray Haire | Design Consultant at Furnitureland South
336.822.3000 Ext. 3533

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Glamorous Side of Comfort

She craved glamorous,  he wanted a livable space – and this was our “Space Off” design challenge! We feel like we managed to accomplish both needs. Who said that the comfort for him should translate into a less attractive space for her?  Our take was, that as a long-time married couple, they would also have somewhat similar tastes. We did not just want to assume that the husband was devoid of style and simply wanted a recliner and remote!  Therefore, we took a different approach: to find “glamorously comfortable” pieces and accent them with “wow” factor accessories!

We were ready to rock this room fabulous!

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The Constellation Mirror by Baker Furniture uniquely exudes the luxury our clients craved. This mirror immediately became the pivotal piece in our design plan.

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Another “wow” factor which supercharged our design concept, was the use of  “Radiant Orchid”, Pantone’s ‘Color of the Year’! As designers, we feel it is vitally important to stay on trend.  Radiant Orchid is such a fresh and glamorous color! However it is a strong color, so we used  it sparingly, mainly in accessories. If ever the clients desire a new look, those can be easily changed.

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Radiant Orchid paired well with the Sherwin Williams ‘Dorian Gray’ – a shade as timeless as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, such a perfect backdrop for an extraordinary accent color.

Dorian Gray

The Baker Furniture sectional is superbly inviting and absolutely gorgeous. She can curl up on the chaise and he can put his feet up in style on the ottoman table.  Baker upholstered furniture has a well-earned reputation for being one of the most comfortable in the world, as even the judges themselves confessed, “not only stylish, but very comfortable”. Throughout the room we utilized lighter neutrals that are on-trend now: creams, taupes and soft grays. But please don’t ever let light fabrics frighten you; we have a wonderful protection plan which makes any fabric choice, red wine friendly!

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As you can see, textures of wood and metal tied the space together, beautifully.

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This has been an incredible experience… we love a challenge, especially doing what we do best! And as always, we had a fantastic time designing for our clients!

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PS: We were asked if knowing what we know now, we could perhaps have ordered a recliner in “Radiant Orchid”?  But, that would have been to win the contest!  We are in it to win for the client, and we have no regrets! space off with olga and maria

“Comfortable does not need to be boring!”

Olga Smith & Maria Ray

Olga Smith| Design Consultant at Furnitureland South – Associate ASID
336. 822. 3000 x2944

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