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Addressing the challenges on an open floor plan

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

bowen furnitureBy BreeAnn Cook:

Inspired by your favorite HGTV show, you grab the sledge hammer and take a swing. A short time later the wall is gone and now nothing stands between you and the view from your kitchen to your family room. Now what? We all love the idea of an open floor plan, but the reality is that it comes  with a few challenges. Let’s take a look at those issues and how to overcome them.

Without walls, placing your furniture can seem daunting. After all, they created boundaries and determined traffic patterns. Now you need to create these with furniture placement by floating it within the space. Start with your focal point and build around it, keeping in mind the function of the  space. If the focal point is the television, make sure that most of the seating has a good view. Then factor in the traffic patterns. Leave three feet for major traffic areas like exits routes or access to other rooms. Allow two feet for lesser used paths, like the entrance to a seating group. Complete the grouping by filling in the empty spaces with accent furnishings and additional seating. Perhaps a small accent chair near the fireplace that doesn’t face the tv, but does provide extra seating when entertaining. A console table behind the sofa makes a more attractive entrance to an open floor plan than the back of a sofa.

Another issue is determining where the living room ends and the dining room begins. With open floor plans the rooms are not clearly defined. Use  area rugs and traffic patterns to define the different spaces. Placing an area rug under the dining table and under the sofa grouping sends a visual cue that this is a different area. Use architectural features to guide you. Center the rug under a chandelier or in front of the fireplace, then place furnishing appropriately. Make sure that you leave some transition space between the areas. This will require thoughtful selection of adequately sized  furnishings. Over- scaled furniture can crowd the space and encroach on the adjacent area.

Lastly, without walls, where do you hang artwork? This is a common problem, especially if you remodeled and were hoping to reuse existing artwork. Think outside the box. Consider using smaller artwork in bookcases, or even hang it on the bookcase. This requires a little more finesse, but the effect is quite striking. Layer art when you do have wall space. Whether its on the mantle or collage styling on the wall with overlapping frames, layering  adds depth and interest. It allows you tell a story with your favorite collected pieces.

Whether you are remodeling or moving into a new home with an open floor plan these tips can be helpful with your space planning challenges. Also, visit our website and try our room planning tool, where you can experiment with the floor plan before ever swinging that hammer.

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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Award winning lighting that’s as cool as it is functional

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

bowenBy: BreeAnn Cook

We’ve are always looking for something new, creative, and most of all functional to offer to our customers, and we are excited to partner with Koncept Lighting, our newest lighting vendor. Koncept is known for developing innovative, award winning lighting and lamp solutions. Let us introduce you to the line-up….

Mr. N is a fun accent lamp with a unique arch shape design. He offers seamless LED light with a soft glow, and at only 7.5” high, he fits in most spaces, even a shelf or bookcase. His seamless on/off switch is cleverly disguised into the base, and also allows you to dim the light as needed. Double your height and brightness with Mr. N’s bigger brother, Mr. N Tall.

Mr. Go is a sister product to Mr. N. It’s a cordless, portable lantern that can be recharged for lighting on the go. The built-in USB port allows you to recharge the lantern, and that stored energy can be used to charge compatible devices while out and about. Perfect for your next camping trip, use the included strap to hang it from a tree limb or inside your tent. At the highest setting the Mr. Go will last 5 hours, and the lowest setting 50+ hours. It even has enough energy to charge your phone twice.

Z-Bar, the product that started it all, has a flexible bar design with easy touch on/off and dimming, and a rotating head to direct surface light. It’s available in several sizes including the Slim, Mini, Solo, Solo mini, original desk lamp, and floor lamp.

Splitty has a unique joint design that’s incredible flexible, allowing you to shine light where you need it. It’s perfectly diffused LED light offers a soft  glow without casting shadows. It has a built-in charging port for charging your devices and its energy efficient occupancy sensor can tell when you’ve left your desk. If your trying to declutter your desk, the optional wall mount allows to free up space. Mosso Pro offers 99 lumens per watt and can change light color from warm to cool. Like the Splitty, it also has an occupancy sensor and built in charging port, but it also has an optional wireless charging base, so you can charge compatible devices cord free. The adjustable arm and lamp head allow to direct lighting as needed and the touch bar offers easy dimming.

We hope that you will love these cool new lamps from Koncept as much as we do. Stop by our showroom and give them a try today!

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

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Top 5 Reasons to choose Kincaid

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

kincaidBy BreeAnn Cook:

At Bowen Town & Country, we are always striving to bring our customers top quality merchandise at a great value. That’s exactly what Kincaid  upholstery offers, and we love that it’s made right here in North Carolina. Here are our top five reasons to purchase Kincaid:

Kinguard Fabrics– Kincaid performance fabrics offer durable construction and easy cleanup for busy families. They clean up with mild soap and  distilled water. They also offer Sunbrella fabrics if your looking for something bleach cleanable. You can live comfortably with kids, pets or whatever life throws at you with Kinguard fabrics.

Cushion Options – Kincaid offers three different cushions comforts-Comfort Support, Plush Comfort, and Premium Blend Down. Each cushion offers a high resiliency foam core with varying comfort layers, to achieve a cozy feeling that’s just right.

Custom Sofa programs – Perhaps our favorite from Kincaid is their Custom Select and Studio Select sofa groups. Both allow you to customize your sofa with arm style, back style, cushion style, and leg style of your choice. Custom select is a larger scale sofa grouping ideal for everyday living, and can also be order in extra deep. Studio Select is a small-scale sofa grouping that its great for smaller homes, apartments or rooms with limited space. They even offer an 84” x 84” sectional, which works well in more narrow rooms.

Free Extras– Some manufacturers charge extra for changing your pillows or adding trim, but not Kincaid. You can contrast your pillow fabric in any grade and add rope braid or fringe at no additional charge.

Warranty– Kincaid believes in quality construction and they back it up with a great warranty. They offer a lifetime warranty on the frames, springs,  whether sinuous or eight-way hand tied, and their cushions.

If you’re looking for a quality sofa but are working on a budget, we would love to show you the value of Kincaid. With their great fabric selection and quality construction story, we know you will be pleased. Visit our Winston Salem showroom to explore our new Kincaid Shoppe or shop online now.

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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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: Garry Christ’s Pick

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

furniture winston salemStaff 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.

Garry Crist’s employee pick

Comfort and value are two things that rank highly on Garry’s list. That why his employee pick is the Dalton Sofa with chaise from Rowe furniture. This particular sofa chaise combo offers the functionality of a small sectional with the flexibility of a standard sofa.

Unlike most sectionals, it features an independent storage ottoman, and a separate chaise cushion, so the chaise portion can be flipped from the right hand of the sofa to the left. It also comes with an extra seat cushion allowing it to be used as just a sofa. What this means for you is no fear of commitment that comes with a typical sectional, where you are forced to choose between a left or right-hand chaise, limiting your furniture layout possibilities.

With hundreds of fabric options, and pricing starting at just $1500, this sofa chaise combo is an incredible value. And Garry knows first hand how comfortable it is to stretch out on, since both of his children own one. You really can’t get a better testimonial than that!

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

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