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Excellent sales experience!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Excellent sales experience!

– Ken Rethmeier

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Cool new finds from the High Point Furniture Market

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

The High Point Furniture Market is the showplace for manufacturers to debut their latest and greatest in new products. Since technology has become an integral part of our lives, manufacturers seek new ways to impress us with their tech tools. Let’s talk about some of the hot new features.

Southern Motion introduced us to the articulating headrest that provides perfect neck support while optimizing the television viewing angle. They also gave us full power recliners and a built in USB port for charging our devices while we relax. Now, they are offering an app that controls your recliner. What???? Well since you already have your cell phone handy, why not use it to recline your chair. The app also allows you to set your favorite chair position with memory settings.

If you own an IMG Comfort Relaxer, you already know that they are extremely comfortable. They swivel, glide, recline and have an adjustable headrest, all without taking up much space. They are also available in both power and manual models. Now, IMG has added a power headrest and power lumbar support option. So, instead of a single motor to recline the relaxer, there are now three motors, one for each function. This option is currently available on the Chelsea model only, but should be available on more models soon.

You may remember our blog post a few months ago on the health benefits of a standing desk. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Now, you can have a desk that adjusts to your desired height at the touch of a button. Gat Creek introduced the Sullivan lift desk that transitions from a seated height to standing height with ease. It can move from a minimum 28” height to a maximum 47” height, and can carry up to 165 pounds of office equipment. It also features programmable memory buttons allowing you to adjust to four different height preferences. It comes in two lengths, 48” and 60”, and is available in a variety of finishes on Ash, Cherry or Maple. Watch their video here.

These are just a few on the new introductions that you can expect to see on our showroom floor in a few months. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, so you can be one of the first to know when the new products arrive! Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Answering your top design questions…

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

Working with clients both in their homes and in the store, I get quite a few design questions related to rugs, sofa cushion styles, and more. It seems that the same questions come up over and over, so let’s discuss your top concerns.

Q. Do I need to buy my rug before selecting my fabrics and furniture?

A. Designers tend to differ on this, but in my opinion, no. The idea of purchasing your rug first stems from high end oriental carpets, that are truly heirlooms, kept for many years before being passed down to a family member. Lifestyles dictate a more casual way of living and thus more casual rugs. Where oriental carpets tend to have strong patterns and many colors that determine the color palette, the more casual rugs have more open patterns, and often feature more geometric designs with only a couple of colors. Basically, styles have changed and the need to buy the rug first should change accordingly.

Q. What size rug do I need for my space?

A. It varies depending on the room size, but using a larger rug can make a room feel larger. A good rule of thumb, in a seating area, you want at least the front two feet of the furniture to be on the rug. For dining rooms, you need a rug large enough to accommodate all legs of the chairs when pulled out from the table. Keep in mind, that when using motion furniture like swivel chairs or reclining pieces, it is usually necessary to have a rug large enough to accommodate the entire base, so that the piece remains level.

Q. Which is better, a two cushion sofa or a three cushion sofa?

A. Two cushion sofas tend to be the same size as a three cushion sofas, but the cushions are larger. Larger cushions sit a bit softer and will need to be rotated more often for even wear. Two cushions sofas also feel more relaxed or casual, where three cushions feel more traditional. Ultimately, it comes down to personal style preference.

Q. Is it okay to put a bed in front of a window?

A. Absolutely. The bed is the focal point of the bedroom, and should be the first thing you notice. Sometimes, with a challenging floor plan, that requires placing the bed in front of windows. I recommend using an open headboard like a metal bed or a slatted bed, allowing light from the windows to filter through. Another option is to use a lower headboard that falls below the windows.

Need an answer to your design question? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to message us on Facebook or send us an email.

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