Archive for February, 2015

Four Seasons: Bringing Slipcovers into the 21st Century

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Sewing20Machine20LegacyWhen you think of slipcovers, often the first thing that comes to mind are plastic covers used by our grandmother’s generation. Sometimes you might even find someone who invested in a custom-made slipcover, but the intent was the same: to protect the expensive upholstered furniture from sweat and other stains. As furniture became more affordable, the use of slipcovers began to subside, but today we are seeing a resurgence, and for a completely different reason.

“These days, our whole culture has a more casual feel, from what we wear to work to the shabby chic style of our homes,” said Chris Cogan, director of operations for Four Seasons Casual Custom Furniture. “Slipcovers lend themselves to that casual feel.”

Chris is proud to be part of a family-owned company that manufactures furniture right here in our home state of North Carolina. It all started when his father-in-law struggled with putting a slipcover on a couch of a house where he was a guest. “He thought there had to be a better way, so he teamed up with a friend and created one,” Chris said.

That led to the creation of Four Season in 1999, and the company is still going strong today, with about 150 employees at its Seagrove, N.C. headquarters. “We’re proud to be a small, family business that can provide jobs to the local community,” Chris said. What makes furniture from Four Seasons unique is its four-piece, removable cover. Instead of struggling with one big piece of material, these slipcovers are made up of the arms, the cover, the outside back and the skirt. It makes it a lot easier to remove for cleaning or even just to change the look of a room.

While the slipcover is what’s seen, the quality starts from within with a hardwood frame, with all joints interlocked, glued and reinforced. The quality of the furniture from Four Seasons led loyal customers to ask for traditional upholstered furniture as well, so today the line has expanded to include sofas and chairs in both slipcovered and upholstered options.

If you’ve been considering a new sofa, come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to take a look at some of the samples from Four Seasons. You’ll never even guess you’re looking at a slipcover! The high-quality slipcovers provide a tailored look while maintaining a casual charm.

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Finding Just the Right Fabric

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

img-fabric-landingThe days of walking the showroom floor of your favorite furniture seller in search of just the right sofa to fit with your home’s interior décor are long gone. In fact, one of the most frustrating things about buying a new sofa or chair was that you would find the style you want, in a comfortable design the whole family could enjoy, but you wouldn’t be able to take it home because the fabric didn’t fit in with what you already had at home, whether it was other pieces of furniture, or just colors that clash.

Luckily, most of this stress has gone away now, thanks to the custom approach taken by many retailers. All you have to do is find the style that fits your needs, and is comfortable to boot, and then let the sales associate help you with figuring out what fabric will fit your needs the best.

This is the best way to ensure you will get just the right color or pattern to go with your existing décor.

We are proud to carry some great brands that offer an amazing number of upholstery choices, and our talented sales team is always willing to sit down with you to help figure out just the right color for your room.

Hancock & Moore. Yes, this company is well-known for its amazingly elegant and comfortable leather chairs and sofas. But the furniture is so well made that many customers asked for options with cloth covering as well. Never one to disappoint its loyal customers, Hancock & Moore now have a library of over 500 fabrics, each one hand selected to ensure it maintains the same level of quality as seen in other Hancock & Moor product. The samples are available in our showroom.

Century. Well-known for its customized approach to furniture, it’s not a surprise that Century has so many fabric available to choose for its upholstery furniture. And they make it easy to narrow down your choices with an online fabric search.

Four Seasons. Nothing gives you versatility in fabric like a slipcovered sofa or chair! Four Seasons focuses purely on slipcovered furniture, including headboards. A wide range of fabrics including cotton, linen, velvet and chenille, all in a variety of colors and prints, allow you to not only ensure your new sofa will match your décor, but let you change your room’s look with the seasons with the purchase of a new slipcover!

If you’re in the market for a new chair or sofa, come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture today and let our talented sales associates help you find just what you’re looking for. Remember, you’re not limited to the showroom floor! And the best part is, we have so much experience in working with fabrics that we can help you find the right type to fit your lifestyle, in the color or print to match your décor. The possibilities are endless!

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Trends for 2015

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

bowen123Just like trends in the fashion world, things come in and out of style in the furniture and home décor world. Luckily, rather than becoming outdated, some things just turn into antiques! But that doesn’t mean you don’t want your home to look up to date and stylish. Here at Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we aren’t necessarily fortune tellers, but from looking through our manufacturers new collections, visiting the furniture market and talking with customers, we’ve seen a few trends that are becoming pretty popular for 2015.

  • Pantone’s color of the year: Marsala. The popularity of wine must have finally reached beyond the food world. Pantone’s group of color experts have dubbed marsala as this year’s top color, and its rich, earthy tones are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Not quite as dark as burgundy but with more pop than the neutral grays and tans, marsala will be a great color for an accent chair, pillows, draperies or walls.
  • Not to be outdone by marsala, the color blue is another very popular color for 2015. Depending on the type of fabric, it can look elegant or casual, and the versatile color has a calming effect. So add some blue to your home, and you’ll help create a more peaceful environment.
  • Native influences. Whether it’s Native Americans or Eskimos, the patterns and art of these cultures is finding its way on pillows, blankets and artwork. They look great up against a neutral couch or wall.
  • Large print and florals. This trend is big in the fashion world as well as in furniture right now. Flower power is back, with a vengeance! Using these types of patterns is a great way to make a statement with your furniture choices and brighten up a room.

These new trends are all great inspiration for doing some redecorating. Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture to see how they look in person, and choose a few pieces of furniture covered in marsala, blue or floral prints to update your own home’s look.

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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TEMPUR-Adapt Technology

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

TEMPUR® materials, only found in Tempur-Pedic® beds, are not ordinary memory foam. Only TEMPUR materials have TEMPUR-Adapt Technology allowing them to continuously sense and conform to your individual body weight, your unique shape and your unique body temperature throughout the night. You and your partner always enjoy fewer disturbances; personalized, body-aligning support; and proven cool comfort.

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Treat Your Valentine Right at Bowen Town & Country Furniture

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

7017_MillerLounger_Loc_DPValentine’s Day might be a holiday that’s made popular by the greeting card and florist companies, but let’s face it, everyone likes a little romance in their lives every now and then, and Valentine’s Day gives everyone the opportunity to do it. Especially if you’re not very romantic other days of the year!

This year, treat your Valentine to something different than the traditional red roses and chocolate. We’ve got some great ideas for your Valentine that you can find here at Bowen Town & Country Furniture that will make the love of your life feel extra special. And of course, they’ll also be impressed that you put some thought and creativity into this year’s Valentine’s Day gift!

A Stressless recliner from Ekornes. Give your Valentine the message that you want him or her to be relaxed and stress-free when at home with one of the elegant Stressless Recliners. Built with neck and lumbar support, in a variety of sizes to fit any person, sitting in one of these chairs helps you escape the worries of the day.

A New Dining Room Table and Chairs. When you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, the atmosphere is as important as the food. Make sure you have a beautiful table that will set off your fine China, and will last for years to come, serving as a foundation for intimate meals as well as large holiday gatherings. We have a nice variety of tables to choose from on our sales floor, from Kincaid, Zimmerman Chair, Palettes by Winesburg and Gat Creek, all American-made, solid wood furniture.

Luxurious Leather. Treating your Valentine right means creating a luxurious experience they will remember for a lifetime. Why make it something as fleeting as a night in a luxury hotel? Instead, we recommend purchasing your Valentine a luxurious leather sofa from Hancock & Moore. Each piece is hand-crafted in America for a truly unique piece of furniture.

Make this Valentine’s Day something special. Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today, and we’ll help you find just the right way to express your love. Or bring your loved one with you so you can pick it out together!

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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IMG Relaxer Recliners That Help Your Back

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

101_b1c86b1a53f7efa1How many times were you told by your mother to sit up straight? It looks nice to be sitting at attention with your back at a 90 degree angle to your lower body, but it turns out that advice our mothers gave us might just be hurting us! Just sitting in a chair puts more weight on the discs at the base of your spine than they support while standing. And with a little bad posture, it puts even more strain on your lower back. (So in this case your mom was right, sitting up straight is better than slouching!) As little as a 20-degree angle off normal position can increase the pressure on your lower lumbar discs to more than 2.7 times your total body weight.

So how can you relax if just sitting is potentially bad for you? The designers at IMG have come up with a solution. They found that sitting at a 135 degree angle provides the least strain on your back, allowing your muscles to fully relax.

With that in mind they have created a line of sofas and chairs that are not only comfortable to sit in, but allow you to relax in a position as ergonomically correct as possible. Their chairs are designed to provide support to the knees, back, neck and head, with special attention to the lumbar region. It is important to choose the correct size chair for your body, paying attention to seat height and depth and back height. They also pay attention to the placement of the armrests, as it is important to be able to place your arms down without slouching your shoulders, and putting more strain on your back.sitting

While ergonomics is a priority for IMG, you won’t have to sacrifice style for function. Quality leather in a variety of colors and a wide range of fabrics are available to choose from, allowing you to customize your new chair to fit your personal style.

Come in to Bowen Town and Country Furniture today to check out some of the latest offerings from this wonderful furniture manufacturer. Our expert staff can assist you in finding the chair that fits your body, and before you know it, you will be at home relaxing and feeling better than you ever have.

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

 

 

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