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Mattress shopping just got easier!!!!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017


By: BreeAnn Cook

Could there be anything harder to shop for than a mattress? Much like shopping for a car, all the important stuff is hidden “under the hood.” All those layers of foam and springs are concealed inside the mattress. At least with a car, you can peek under the hood, even if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Well, Sealy understands your frustration and they have developed a new icon system that will help you not only identify the mattress contents, but also discover key features that address your sleep needs.

Key Features Include:

– Pressure Relieving Foam that adapts to your body, relieving pressure points for personalized comfort.

–  Zoned Support for reinforcement in the center of the mattress where the heaviest part of your body needs it the most.

– Reinforced edge provides a durable sitting surface and extended sleeping surface.

– Climate control features like moisture wicking fabric and cool to the touch technology helps keep you dry and comfortable.

– Clean technology protects the mattress from common allergens, such as mite dander.

– Adjustable base compatible means that its specifically designed to work with adjustable bases.

– Posturepedic Technology is exclusive to Sealy and provides reinforced support in the mattress quilt area with additional foam.

We are adding the new Sealy mattress Conform and Response line up to our bedding gallery, and we invite you to come give them a try. Be sure to check out the icon located on the end of each bed, highlighting the key features that will help you rest better, and make your mattress shopping experience easier.

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

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Unique Comfort choices from Stressless

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

StresslessBy BreeAnn Cook

If you’ve ever experienced a Stressless recliner, you know why they are synonymous with comfort. But, did you know that Stressless offers base choices allowing you to create your own unique style of comfort? Ekornes has expanded their Stressless base lineup to include rocking, power and even office base options.

The Classic Base is made of laminated European beech and is available in multiple finish options. The lines are simple and classic, just as the name indicates.

The Siganture Base takes comfort to a new level with a subtle rocking motion that will send you into ultimate relaxation. It’s made of aluminum with a wooden frame, and sits slightly taller than the Signature base. The over all look is sleek and contemporary.

The Classic Legcomfort base is the newest introduction from Ekornes. It’s a powered footrest hidden under the seat, which extends out at the push of a button. Currently, Legcomfort is only in available on Medium and Large sizes, and is available with battery power backup.

The Home office base provides the same comfort you love from Stressless recliners, with the freedom of movement needed in an office environment. Speaking from experience, this is the most comfortable office chair you will ever enjoy.

Visit our showroom today in Winston-Salem to try the different base options for yourself, and stay tuned to our Facebook Page for the arrival of the Legcomfort base. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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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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Before you buy, consider this…

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

We’ve all bought something before that just didn’t turn out like we thought it would. You found the perfect fabric and the perfect chair, but when it arrived, it was NOT so perfect. Maybe the fabric didn’t pair up like you dreamed? It happens, so here are a few things to consider when selecting a fabric for your furniture.

First, consider scale. As a general rule, it’s best to use small scaled patterns on smaller pieces of furniture, and large scale on larger items. For example: a huge floral print looks fantastic when you can center the floral motif on the back of an ample lounge chair; however, that same big pattern will loose its impact on a small pull up chair. In the same token, a large pattern can be overwhelming on an entire sofa or sectional.

Next, consider shapes and contours. When you have a curvy or shaped piece, fabric application is very important. On a curved inside back, there will be wrinkles, because it is almost impossible to get the fabric smoothed on a curve. On solids it may not be a concern, but on patterns, these wrinkles can cause distorting. Same goes with tufting. Patterns can be greatly altered by tufting, which is why stripes and tufting do not mix well. Stripes and plaids do not work well on curved pieces either. Plaids in general are particularly tricky, because they have lines running in both directions, making them extra challenging to line up and match. Save stripes and plaids for frames that are simple and clean lined.

Lastly, consider the fabric content for the application. Linens are light and luxurious, but are prone to wrinkling. Cottons can wrinkle and crease too. If this bothers you, then use them sparingly and wisely. They are great on pillows, items with tight backs and seats, and smaller cushions. Wrinkles will be more prominent on larger or longer cushions, often referred to as comfort wrinkles. This is also true on down cushions, which also have those cozy comfort wrinkles.

Don’t be afraid to have fun with fabric. If you love it, embrace it. Just give the application some serious thought first. When in doubt, try our online draping tool for Kincaid, Rowe, and Robin Bruce. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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The Art of Upholstery…a labor of love.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the C.R.Laine upholstery manufacturing plant in Hickory, North Carolina. I’ve sold furniture for years and I’m familiar with quality construction, but what I saw and learned during my visit had me asking “How can they sell it for so little?”

The entire experience was a complete delight. I joined a group of other designers and retailers from across the US to get an inside look at what makes C.R.Laine different. It is amazing the time and effort that goes into a single piece of furniture. The tour began in product development and planning, where conceptual drawings are created using a CAD program. The drawings are tweaked and optimized before being sent to pattern development, where patterns are created based on the drawings. The patterns are used to cut out the individual components of a piece of upholstery, such as an arm panel, a back panel or seat cushion. Each piece requires a pattern. Before cutting, the pattern must be laid out on the fabric to determine print placement. Once fabric layout is determined, it proceeds to cutting. During this time, the frame is also being prepared for upholstery. It starts with frame assembly, then moves on to finishing. After the frame is finished (stained or painted), the springs, webbing, and other support components are added. Back on the other side of the plant, the fabric cutting is complete, and the process has moved on to sewing. Each cushion and pillow casing is sewn, adding the welts, decorative trims and zippers. Now the fabric and frame come together in the upholstery department, where skilled artisans have spent years cultivating their craft. It was evident that this is not something one just picks up over night. It takes time to learn how to fold and tuck the fabric in such a way that it “flattering” to the piece. One must pay careful attention to make certain that the fabric is applied symmetrically, not pulled too tightly, so as to skew the pattern. Tufting is particularly challenging, and we learned that a single tufted ottoman can take two hours or more just to tuft properly. This doesn’t include the time spent in framing, sewing, finishing, etc… Once a piece is complete, it’s inspected for quality workmanship, and if approved, moves on steaming/pressing, then packing and shipping. The average piece of furniture leaving the C.R.Laine factory has been touched by at least seven, most likely more, individuals who take great pride in the products they produce. Every piece has a tag that reads “We are proud to put our signature on the work that we have crafted for you” and it is signed by each worker that helped create that piece of furniture along the way.

During the short two days spent with C.R.Laine team, I witnessed such passion. They were excited about their products, their leathers, their fabrics and their devotion to quality. They could make cheaper; they could use less foam, less springs and support, lower quality materials, and inferior construction methods, but they choose not to. That is what makes C.R.Laine different.

We are proud to carry their quality products, and we know that you will be proud to own it. Visit our showroom today to see it and try it for yourself. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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What you need to know before buying a sectional

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

sofasBy: BreeAnn Cook

Most homes today embrace the open concept floor plan, with fewer walls and larger, more spacious living areas. Unfortunately, with so much openness, it can be challenging to arrange furniture. Sectionals are a popular choice for defining the living room, but they can be tricky to order. Here are few things you need to know about ordering a sectional.

1. They are left and right hand pieces, labeled LAF or RAF, meaning left hand facing or right hand facing. When you are facing the piece of furniture, the arm will be either on the left or the right respectively. Some manufacturers will label them LSE or RSE, which means left seated end or right seated end. When you are seated in the piece, the arm will be on your left or right. Make sure you pay attention to these labels and arm placement, to confirm that you purchasing the correct configuration.

2. Most manufacturers offer a sofa with a built in corner. Corner pieces are required when creating an “L” shape, but a built in corner unit often saves money as it reduces the number pieces required. When looking at the component options, be sure to look for the word “corner” when selecting sofa pieces. These can often be mistaken for a left or right sofa piece, especially when looking at line drawings only.

3. Wedge pieces tend to be large and take up more space. If you are trying to conserve space, opt for a corner unit instead of the wedge.

4. Consider seam placement. Since a sectional consists of multiple pieces connected together, there will be seams where each connects. Careful planning will help you conceal these seams. This is another example where using a sofa with built in corner is a good idea, as it eliminates a seam, at least on one side of the sectional. If one portion of the sectional will back up against a wall, plan to have the seam against the wall, not on the floating portion of the sectional. Sometimes, seams cannot be avoided, and in those cases, adding a console table behind the sectional will hide unsightly junctions.

5. Speaking of connections… be sure to ask about how the sectional clips together. You want to make certain that the manufacturer offers some sort of clip system, so that your pieces will stay connected and not move. There are different types of clips and some are easier to reconnect than others. Don’t be afraid to ask your sales person for a demonstration, so that you will know how to fix the issue if your sectional becomes unclipped.

Take your time, draw a sketch if needed, and double check item descriptions before placing your order. Start shopping our sectional selection today. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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How To Make Sure Your Furniture Will Fit

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

bowen room plannerBy: BreeAnn Cook

Perhaps one of the top concerns consumers have about buying new furniture is getting the wrong size. Whether it’s too big or too small, nobody wants to make a major purchase only to discover at delivery that it just will not fit. We have a new tool to help you put your fears at ease. The Room Planner tool on allows you to draw a room to scale and place furniture selections without any heavy lifting.

Here’s how it works:

1. Measure your room, noting the dimensions of any architectural features like windows and doors.

2. Go to our website and click on the Room Planner tool, located on the top left tool bar or at the bottom of the home page. Click “Start Planning”.

3. Select the room shape that best matches your room. Don’t worry if there’s not an exact match. You can tweak wall length and angles later. Enter the over all width and length of your space, and the planner will automatically generate the room.

4. Next, add your architectural features. You can select from the tool bar on the right. Under the generic tab, select “architectural” from the drop down menu. You have a variety of features to choose from like windows, doors, fireplaces, etc… Drag and drop your selected feature onto the wall where you would like it placed. Tweak the placement along the wall by dragging the item left, right, up or down. Use the background grid as a guide for proper spacing, and confirm placement using the measure tool (ruler icon at top). Change the size of an element by clicking the “i” icon, and entering the dimensions in inches.

5. Once you have your architectural features in place, you can begin placing furniture. You can search for product using the search tool on the left. Search by manufacturer, collection, or by item. To search for a sofa, click the “products” tab, select “type” from the drop down menu, and then select “sofa” from the drop down menu. Scroll to find a sofa style you like, then drag and drop it into your room. You can also search for items by manufacturer, but it is helpful to know the specific item or collection name. If you have not made specific selections yet, you can use basic templates from the “generic” tab.

6. Once you have selected your furnishings, you can move them around the floor plan by clicking and dragging them. Use the “rotate” tool to rotate the angle of an item. If you just click the rotate tool, it will rotate the item 90 degrees. If you click and hold, you can rotate the item to any angle while moving the mouse.

7. Remember to build your furniture placement around the focal point, placing your largest items first. Leave at least three feet of space for major walkways, and don’t forget to allow space to move around within the furniture grouping. Eighteen inches is needed between a sofa and cocktail table, and allow three feet from the edge of dining table and the wall for sliding out chairs.

8. Once your plan is complete, you can save it by creating a log in. Not only will this keep all of your plans in one place, but it will also allow you to save multiple versions of a single plan. When you print your plan, it will also include a list of the products used within the plan, making shopping a breeze. Before making a purchase, make sure to measure door and stairwell openings, and note any sharp or difficult turns leading into the room where the furniture will go. Remember, just because it will fit in the room, doesn’t mean it can get there.

Give our new Room Planner a try today and take the guess work out of furniture shopping. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Can better sleep help you keep your New Year’s resolution?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

By: BreeAnn Cook

mattressesThere’s something exhilarating about the start of a new year. If offers a fresh beginning; the opportunity to put bad habits behind us and create new, better habits. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves derailed for a multitude of reasons, bud did you know that lack of sleep could be the culprit? A good night’s rest is crucial to functioning optimally. If you resolved to lose weight, reduce stress, or learn something new in 2017, sleep loss prohibiting you from reaching your goals. Sleep rejuvenates the body, and refreshes the mind giving your more energy, better focus and less stress.

So, how can you get more shut eye? First diagnose the problem. Do you toss and turn at night? Is your partner keeping you awake with snoring or constantly changing positions? Do you get too hot or just struggle to get comfortable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your mattress may be causing you hours of vital rest.

Tossing and turning, whether by you or your partner, is typically caused by pressure points. When body your does not get proper support, circulation can be cut off causing discomfort. Your body signals the brain that it needs blood flow, and causes you to re-position, consequently waking you. A memory foam mattress can help reduce pressure points that cause you to re-position. As a bonus, it can also help with motion transfer, so you won’t feel your significant other moving either. A snoring partner can not only prevent you from falling asleep, it can wake you after you’ve fallen asleep.

Elevating the head using an adjustable base will help prevent snoring, while increasing blood flow, a win win. Lastly, if you struggle with overheating, try a Tempur-Pedic Breeze mattress that releases cooling comfort throughout the night, or add a Bedgear cooling mattress protector and pillow to your existing mattress.

Resolve to catch more Zs with a sleep solution from Bowen Town and Country. Better quality sleep will you keep you focused and energized so you can slay those New Year’s goals.

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

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Find your cushion comfort

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

bowen furnitureBy: BreeAnn Cook

As consumers, comfort is typically our top priority when it comes to purchasing upholstered furniture. If we sit on a sofa or chair that isn’t comfortable, we move on to the next one, not realizing that we might have other options. Most upholstery manufacturers offer three or more cushion options allowing you to customize your comfort level. Although each manufacturer will have different capabilities, we are going to explain the most common types.

The standard option usually consists of a 1.8 density foam core wrapped in Dacron batting. 1.8 density foam has long been the industry standard but we are starting to see a shift to 2.0 density foam. Higher end companies will often use 2.5 density foam called Qualux, which lasts longer over time. Be sure to ask what the standard cushion option is, as it can vary from vendor to vendor.

Firm or extra firm cushions consist of the same ingredients as a standard cushion, except the cushion core is made of a firmer, denser foam. This is a good option if you do not like that “sink into” feeling. It’s also a great option for elderly who find it difficult to get up from a standard cushion. Some vendors will offer a spring down cushion as an upgraded option, which actually has springs built into the cushion itself. Pocketed coils are encompassed within the foam core to provide extra support. This is a good option for those who like a medium firmness.

If you prefer a softer one, then consider a down blend cushion option. It has a foam core, wrapped in Dacron, and an additional layer of down and feather blend on top. This down blend layer is wrapped in a down proof ticking to resist the feathers coming through the fabric cover. Down blend cushions are a softer, sink into type cushion, and will have a more casual look, often referred to a comfort wrinkles. They require more fluffing than standard cushions.

Lastly, some higher end companies will offer an all down option which is ultra soft and luxurious. All down will compact as you sit in it, and will require constant fluffing. This is the best option for those who want to curl up and sink into their sofa, and who don’t mind a messy, casual look.

Every manufacturer has different options, so be sure to ask your salesperson about the options available on your favorite product. We invite you to visit our showroom and test drive the various cushion options and find your cushion comfort.

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

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