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Revitalizing America…Ben and Erin Napier partner with Vaughan Bassett

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

By BreeAnn Cook:

If we’re going to be serious about revitalizing small town America, then we have to be serious about American manufacturing and the small towns that depend on it.”-Ben Napier

Ben Napier grew up in North Carolina and saw the hardships of small towns that lost their lively hood when furniture manufacturing moved overseas.  Together with his wife Erin, they embarked on a mission to revitalize the town that they call home, Laurel, Mississippi, and landed their own on show on HGTV called “Hometown”. After the show launched, they were approached by manufacturers to develop a furniture line, but all were overseas. Determined to partner with a domestic manufacturer, they found Vaughan Bassett. As the largest manufacturer of residential wood furniture in the United States, it was clear that they shared the same vision to grow and rebuild small town America by maintaining manufacturing here.

Together, they have created two beautiful collections, the Scotsman American Heirloom collection and the Laurel Home collection. Both draw  inspiration from antiques, and are built with quality materials and construction to last.

“To build furniture that lasts and becomes an heirloom passed down through generations – That’s the only kind of furniture we want to make.” -Erin Napier

Perhaps, the stand out piece from both collections is the Elder’s bench, designed by Ben as a nod to the early American church pew, and his childhood as a preacher’s son. The bench is unique, as it can be a stand-alone piece or can be attached to a bed as the footboard. It has two deep drawers for storage and is available in multiple finishes.

The Laurel Home collection is on display now in our Winston Salem showroom, and the Scotsman collection will be arriving mid-January.

 

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Cool Rustic, a new bedroom collection from Vaughan Bassett

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By: BreeAnn Cook

Cool Rustic Collection

Vaughan Bassett has expanded their Artisan & Post offerings to include a new solid wood collection called Cool Rustic. As the name indicates, the collection has a rustic appeal with heavy distressing created through rasping and other saw marks. Wormholes, found naturally in wormy Maple add to the rugged appeal. The collection comes in three antiqued finishes, Mink, Stone Grey and Amber. There are two bed offerings, a leather headboard for a timeless look and an “x” headboard inspired by barn doors. Both beds are available with storage drawer options for storing extras linens or even shoes. The case pieces have simple lines and a sturdy appearance that truly evoke the farmhouse feel, and the simple bar hardware completes the look.

As part of the Artisan & Post division, Cool Rustic is loaded with quality features you’ll love. It’s made of solid birch and solid maple with English dovetail drawer construction. The drawer glides have dual ball
bearings, so they close with ease, and the ultra-smooth interior finish on both the sides and bottoms of the drawers means no snags or picks on your clothing. They also have a piston activated whisper close feature to prevent slamming drawers. Mortise and tenon construction will ensure strength and stability for years to come.

Besides all the awesome features, there are two reasons to love Vaughan Bassett and the Cool Rustic collection. They participate in the One for One sustainability program, where they plant a tree for every tree used in the production of their furniture, and the product is produced in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We are proud to offer this quality, American made product at an incredible value. Come see the new Cool Rustic collection today in our Winston-Salem showroom.

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

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Introducing Spicher and Company…Vintage Vinyl Floorcloths and more

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

By BreeAnn Cook:

We are always looking for new and exciting products to offer our consumers, and we found something really cool at the Fall High Point Market this year. Spicher and Company is a US manufacturer specializing in vintage vinyl floorcloths and framed artwork.

They began as an artwork company creating framed prints inspired by Kolene Spicher’s original paintings. Drawing her inspiration from her favorite place, Nantucket, Kolene loves to paint ocean scenes, boats and quaint little homes, and is known for her quirky style. Kolene and her husband Marc employ talented graphic artists at Spicher and Co. who create prints full of personality to complement Kolene’s designs. They later expanded their offerings to include vintage vinyl floorcloths.

The floorcloths are made of phthalate free vinyl that is 1/16 ” thick, which means they will fit underneath most doorways. The material lays flat and has a certified non-slip surface, making them great for entry ways, mud rooms and laundry rooms, no rug pad required. They are also UV resistant for  up to three years so they can be used in covered outdoor spaces and sunrooms too.

What makes these floorcloths unique are their vintage look and bold patterns. Each pattern is designed to look distressed as if a found vintage piece of the past. They have a wide variety of designs and colors. The Classic collection offers patterns ranging from stripes and plaids to geometrics and  random patterns that remind you of Alice and Wonderland. Imagine these adding a statement to a foyer or kitchen. The Williamsburg collection, as the name suggests, is inspired by historical designs. Evoking the look of needle work or crewel, these would be at home in any traditional setting. If  you’re looking forsomething classic but neutral, consider the Artisanry or Norwegian wood collections, that mimic the look of inlaid wood and other intricate patterns. For a true statement piece, check out the Kolene Spicher collection.

We love that these products are fun, bursting with personality, practical and made in America. Visit our showroom today to get your vinyl floorcloth and learn about custom order art options.

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

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What sets Smith Brothers furniture apart?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

smith brothersBy BreeAnn Cook:

Even though I’ve sold furniture for years and understand quality, there were a few stand out things during the factory tour that really set Smith Brothers apart.

Fabric vendors provide fabric performance ratings to manufacturers, but Smith Brothers has found it crucial to do their own in-house testing. They do not just take the mill’s word for it, they test each fabric added to their fabric offering for abrasion and durability. They rate it one through five, and if they find the fabric has significant abrasion or piling issues, it doesn’t make the cut. This also helps the company determine which fabrics are sturdy enough for use on recliners. In addition to abrasion testing, they also test for seam slippage using a weighted wheel which is dropped on either side of a seem over and over. After five hundred times, they check to see if the fabric shows pulling at the seams. If a fabric shows slippage, then they will reinforce the seams by adding a bead of glue along the seam line.

Smith Bros. uses a pre-engineered heavy gauge spring coil unit under each seat cushion, providing independent suspension for each person on a sofa. The front edge on the unit is bent upward, except where prohibited such as curved shapes. This provides extra support and durability at the front end of the cushion, a high stress point. What I did not realize is that the entire coil unit is dipped into a protective coating to prevent squeaking over time.
Seat cushions feature a 2.5 density Qualux foam that holds its resiliency better over time, and back cushions are filled with fiber blown into chambers to reduce settling and sagging.

Smith Brothers constantly reevaluates its products and processes to make sure they are producing the best quality product for the end consumer. It may not be the most cost-effective way to do business, but their dedication has paid off. By the end of this year they will complete a large expansion that will allow them to ramp up production, including an ample staging area to streamline the shipping process. Speaking of shipping, did I mention that they deliver to our warehouse on their own trucks? These are custom built trucks with special shelving, so they never ship a sofa on end potentially damaging the arms.

Smith Brothers produces quality from start to finish. The workers take pride in making it, which makes us proud to sell it, and will make you proud to own it. Visit our Winston Salem showroom today to see and experience the difference for yourself.

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

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The right performance fabrics for your lifestyle

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

bowenBy BreeAnn Cook:

By now we’re sure you have heard about performance fabrics that are engineered to be resistant to stains, repel water, resist fading and so on. But, did  you know that not all performance fabrics are created equal? Since these family friendly fabrics burst onto the market a few years ago, they have been growing in popularity. Now there are several companies that make these types of fabrics and almost every manufacturer carries them. With so many options, it’s hard to know which is right for you and your family. Here is a breakdown on the different options and how they might improve your lifestyle.

If you have an active family, then you need a performance fabric that is durable and resists stains. The great news is that most all brands of  performance fabrics have these properties. Consider Crypton, Sunbrella, Revolution, WearProof, WearProof Plus, Sustain, or Resilience TX.

If you like to entertain and have messy friend or family then consider Crypton, Sunbrella, and WearProof Plus for spill repellency. Liquids will bead up on the fabric surface instead of permeating the cloth.

Have pets? Both Crypton and WearProof Plus resists odors, so you don’t have to worry if Fluffy and Fido join you on the sofa.

Need something for an extra sunny space? Sunbrella is UV and fade resistance making them ideal for sunrooms and other spaces with lots of natural light.

Extreme living requires extreme cleaning capabilities. Most performance fabrics can be cleaned with mild soap and water, but some can be cleaned with a bleach solution. Sunbrella, Sustain and Revolution are all solution dyed fabrics meaning that the color is an inherent part of the fibers making them color fast.

If you want something that is eco-friendly, then consider Sustain or Crypton. Both are members of the Sustainable Furniture Council. Crypton is GreenGuard Certified and Sustain is PFC free.

Whether you want to host friends for a wine tasting, curl up with your furry friend, or fend off the sun’s harmful rays there is a performance fabric suitable for your lifestyle. Visit our showroom today to see the many offerings of performance fabrics and let us help you find the right choice for your family.

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

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Stellar Comfort with Eclipse, a luxury recliner with infinite positioning

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

bowen furnitureBy BreeAnn Cook:

Stellar Comfort with Eclipse by UltraComfort is the world’s first three motor luxury recliner. The three motors work independently to help you achieve  optimal relaxation. Motor 1 controls the leg rest. Raise your feet to whatever position is comfortable while still sitting upright. Motor 2 controls the back rest. You can recline just a little or you can lay flat for sleeping. Motor 3 is the Eclipse cradle comfort positioner. The “cradle”  mechanism allows the entire chair to tilt backwards, almost like it’s tilting on its axis, so you can find just the right position. Eclipse can be used with the programmable comfort positions like Zero Gravity and TV viewing position. You can also achieve a new lounge position with Eclipse feature that  places the back, legs and seat all at a thirty-degree angle, to achieve maximum rest and rejuvenation. You can even achieve Trendelenburg position, with the feet slightly above heart level, to improve circulation. All these positions are controlled with the Auto Drive remote.

The top total controls allow you to lift the chair up giving you a boost upward, out of the chair, or recline the back of the chair. The center position  control has two programmable buttons for zero-gravity and TV viewing. Press the “M” memory button until the light blinks, then press and hold the ZG or TV button to set your favorite position. The eclipse control has a left and right arrow buttons to activate the cradle mechanism. Press and hold the right arrow button to active the eclipse mechanism, tilting the chair. Press and hold the left arrow button to return to the previous position. The  Custom controls on the bottom of the remote allow you to achieve your perfect comfort position by raising the footrest up or down and reclining the backrest as desired.

UltraComfort chairs are made in America… Old Forge, Pennsylvania to be exact and are available in a variety of colors and fabrics. Their chairs are backed with the best warranty in the business. We are proud to offer UltraComfort to our customers and we invite you to visit our Winston Salem showroom to experience the new Stellar Comfort Eclipse for yourself.

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

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Introducing Scrimmage…functional Kid’s furniture

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

By: BreeAnn Cook

Scrimmage is the newest collection of kid’s furniture from Smartstuff by Universal. Simple, clean lines and a neutral weathered gray finish makes for a transitional group that works great for boys or girls.

Cool metal accents and oil rubbed bronze hardware give it stylish, timeless appeal that grows with your child from grade school to their first apartment; While English dovetail drawer construction, 9/16” drawer walls, bolt in bed rails, and plywood slat rolls means it is built to last too. Besides longevity, parents will also love the safety features like lead free paints, wider grooved ladders for better traction, and Smart-stop drawer system that prevents opening more than one drawer at a time. Kids will love the cool little extras such as the nightstand in the sky (on bunk beds), built in lights, hidden storage and charging stations.

Come check out the new collection in store now, or shop online!

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

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Vaughan-Bassett partners with hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town”

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

bowenVaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced at the Spring 2018 High Point Furniture Market that they will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s hit show, “Home Town” to create multiple casegood collections.

As fans of the show “Home Town” already know, the Napiers are dedicated to revitalizing their own home town of Laurel, Mississippi by remodeling homes and breathing life back into the neighborhood. Ben has a workshop where he creates his own furniture designs and Erin uses her designer expertise to pull their remodel projects together. Their dedication even extends to their store, Laurel Mercantile, where they feature products made in the USA. Since the success of their show, multiple companies expressed interest in creating a furniture line for them, but the Napiers really wanted to partner with an American-made manufacturer that shared their vision for supporting American workers. Vaughan-Bassett was a natural partnership, as they are known for fighting to keep furniture production in their home town of Galax, Virginia when other companies were cutting cost by moving production overseas.

The new collections will feature both solid wood and veneered case goods and will debut at the Fall Furniture Market. Stay tuned for details!

Can’t wait until the Fall for new American-made bedroom or dining furniture? Shop our Vaughan-Bassett collection now HERE.

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Staff Pick Series: Holly’s Pick

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

bowen furnitureWe see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

Holly’s Employee pick…

If you’ve had the opportunity to meet our newest team member, Holly, then you know she has a vivacious personality. So, it comes as no surprise that her employee pick is a chair that truly allows her to express her individual taste. The Bradstreet chair by C.R.Laine has classic appeal, that can take on a bold twist when upholstered in one of the many fashion forward fabric options in the line.

Pair that with any custom matched Benjamin Moore paint color of your choice, and finish the look with custom trim options like nail-head, contrast fabric or decorative banding, for a look that is uniquely you. Not only does the Bradstreet chair make a killer style statement, it’s also incredibly comfortable. What’s not to love? Check it out HERE, or visit our showroom to see the fabric selections.

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

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Staff Pick Series: David Paff’s Pick

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

bowen furnitureStaff Pick Series…

We see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

David Paff’s employee pick…

David appreciates the quality story of solid wood furniture, but he also likes a break from the traditional style that tends to accompany it. That’s why he chose the new Plank Road dining collection from Kincaid as his employee pick. Plank Road offers solid wood construction, with a reclaimed barn wood feel, making it an excellent choice for active families. Available in two finish options, Charcoal and Stone, it has clean lines with simple metal details that seamlessly blends modern and vintage styling. Also, the collection offers a variety of seating and storage options, allowing you to mix and match for your lifestyle. A pair of Oakley upholstered hostess chairs, mixed with ladderback side chairs, and even an upholstered bench gives flexible seating options, and creates an eclectic blend that’s unique and different, not so cookie cutter. Visit our showroom to see Plank Road dining or shop the collection HERE.

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

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