Archive for March, 2016

7 cool products you can actually use outside

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

bowen outsideBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

Now is the time of year when we all start preparing our decks, patios and other outdoor spaces for warmer weather gatherings.  Creating a cozy, outdoor living space is easier than ever with outdoor accessories from Surya.

1. We’ve all heard of outdoor lighting, but what about outdoor lamps? Use an outdoor safe lamp to really make your space feel like a true living room. Surya – Davis Lamp DAV484-TBL.

2. Pouf ottomans are soft and comfy making them great for propping up your feet or an extra perch for outdoor movie night. Surya – Rain Pouf 311.

3. Nothing says warm and cozy like candles, and these 100% ceramic candleholders are ideal for outdoor use. Surya – Odette Candleholders ODT-130, ODT-131.

4. We use artwork indoors to add interest and color.  Now you can use art on your patio with a made to order, outdoor safe canvas. Surya- Eternal SJ351A-001.

5. A garden stool can double as both extra seating and a surface for drinks.  We just love the decorative fretwork on the Chantilly stool in blue. Surya – Chantilly CHT760-M.

6. Outdoor pillows are the quickest way to add personality and a pop of color. Don’t be afraid to mix and match like Hemma Cobalt with Basketweave Lime. Surya – HM-001 and BW-006.

7. No room would be complete without an area rug. Finish your outdoor room with a hand-hooked, 100% polypropylene Skye rug in varying shades of blue.  Surya – Skye SKE-4005.

All of these great outdoor accessories are available in multiple colors or patterns and can be special ordered at Bowen Town & Country Furniture.

Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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We’re seeing spots!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

cr laine winston-salemBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

Spots…the hottest pattern in home fashion right now, and we are seeing them everywhere. Less uniform than a polka dot, more graphic than the traditional animal print; this new pattern is fun and fresh. It’s the perfect way to add some whimsy to your spring palette.

So, how do you embrace the trend? Well, the good news is, much a like an animal print, the spotted print plays well with all design styles.  For traditional interiors, pair it with a bright pop of color.  Maybe purchase a yard or two to recover the seat of a wooden frame chair. In a more contemporary space, it looks amazing when used with a metallic finish, like gold. Think accent ottoman with a metal base. For the eclectic enthusiast, mix it with a flashy floral.  If you’re really feeling bold, go for a fully upholstered daybed size bench or chaise.  Feeling a little more timid; limit to something small like pillows, artwork, or even just a lampshade. Whether big or small, this pattern is destined to be noticed.

Visit our showroom today to see all the fun fabric options. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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The Ekornes Difference

Monday, March 21st, 2016

stressless winston-salemBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tour the Ekornes sofa plant in Morganton, NC as part of a training session.   Being familiar with Ekornes Stressless chairs, I expected quality, but learning about the materials, craftsmanship, and technology that goes into the sofa line blew me away.

The factory floor was immaculate and the production line was extremely efficient all due to meticulous planning, advanced technology and an organizational process designed to streamline production.  But, what truly makes Ekornes unique is how they build their sofas.  Ekornes offers different categories of sofa seating intended to match your lifestyle.

If you are familiar with Stressless chairs, then you’ve probably experienced and enjoyed the Plus System, which allows headrest adjustment for television viewing and reading.  This feature has been incorporated into their home theater selection to provide a better viewing experience. My personal favorite from the factory tour was the E200 sofa/sectional series, which features patented Ergo Adapt technology, an adjustment component that tilts with your seating position.  When you sit down, the mechanism tilts downward for better seating comfort.  When lying down, it remains flat for better support.  Not only was the E200 sectional comfortable, it was completely modular, allowing you to change the configuration on a whim. The latest introduction from Stressless is Balance Adapt technology which moves as you move; no need to pull a lever or push a button.  It almost gives the sensation of floating and is available on two new sofas and two new chairs.

Besides all of the mechanical innovations, Ekornes takes pride in using the best materials.  Industry standard for foam is 1.8 density, but they use 4.0 density in several frames to offer better support and longevity, then top it with softer foam for comfort. They do not cut corners for sake of saving a dollar, and they are proud of the products they produce, building them to last. Check it out for yourself as their frames feature zipper closures, making it easy to access the inner workings likes springs and foam.  It seems that everything about Ekornes is top quality including their staff, who are very welcoming and take much pride in their work.  To purchase a Stressless product is an investment, but if you consider the technology, care in craftsmanship, and quality materials used in each and every product they produce, it’s an exceptional value.

Learn more about Ekornes Stressless products on our website, or come experience it in our showroom today. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Could your furniture polish be damaging your furniture?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

cleaning furnitureBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

When you make a major purchase like a new home or vehicle, it comes with the understanding that the investment doesn’t end there.  A certain amount of routine maintenance and furniture cleaning is required to keep your investment in top working condition.  New furniture is no exception. Much like frequent oil changes keep your vehicle purring like a kitten, routine cleaning and maintenance keeps your furniture looking newer and lasting longer.

Here are a few tips to maintain your new furniture purchase:


– Vacuum upholstery regularly.  Dirt can build up on the surface causing abrasion and soiling.
– Rotate and flip cushions frequently.  It can minimize soiling and allow cushions to wear evenly.
– Keep upholstery, whether fabric or leather, away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.
– Clean spills immediately.  It’s a good idea to keep a clean, white cloth under the seat cushion for easy access.  Start by blotting the spill first.  If further cleaning is required, refer to the manufacturer’s tag located under the cushion for the recommended cleaning code, and follow the directions for that code. Directions for specific cleaning codes can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.


– Keep leather products a minimum of two feet away from heat sources.
– For protected leathers, dust with a dry cloth frequently. To clean, use a mild soap and water. Failure to clean can result in oil spots and dirt build up.
– Unprotected leathers, Nubuck and Suede products can not be cleaned and should be appreciated for their natural, weathered beauty.


-Routinely dust casegoods with a soft, damp cloth and wipe with the grain. Avoid using silicone based polishes that can cause build up.
– Avoid placing items that are extremely hot or cold directly on a casegood surface as this could damage the finish.
– Limit exposure to extreme heat or humid conditions
– Place protective felt pads on the base of accessories and lamps to avoid scratching the surface.
– Refrain from placing plastic or rubber items directly on the finish as it can cause discoloration.

At Bowen Town and Country, we pride ourselves on offering heirloom quality furnishings, and we know that you want your investment to last. We hope that you will find these furniture care tips helpful in maintaining your products.

Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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