Thursday, June 21, 2012

Highland House Furniture---welcome to Joplin, Missouri

We are pleased to be adding another line of upholstered furniture and casegoods to the shop.  We really studied several companies while attending the High Point Market, and for many reasons chose Highland House.
 Here are some photos from their website:


Highland House is made in Hickory, NC, and is owned by Century Furniture.  Their furniture has been  more cottage or English in style for the past several years.  However, they will soon be known for their transitional style---Candice Olson is bringing her designs to Highland House!!  Sadly, Norwalk had to let her go as she wanted to pursue a total furniture line, and they felt casegoods were not something they wanted to tackle.  I have a lot of respect for a company that wanting to stay true to their mission. Making tables, chests and shelving is not the direction Norwalk felt they wanted to go.  It seems to be a very timely decision for Highland House----a well known company that is ready to bring an updated look to their line, and selling casegoods was already familiar ground for them.  Here's a press release from March:

Designer and HGTV personality Candice Olson and Highland House will introduce a licensed furniture collection at Fall High Point Furniture Market.

The Candice Olson collection for Highland House will include between 70 and 80 pieces of upholstery, case goods and occasional accents for living room, family room, dining and bedroom. The collection will showcase Candice Olson's elegant, clean-lined transitional design philosophy and incorporate many of her signature fabrics and finishes.

"We are fortunate to be working with a designer and high-profile HGTV icon of the caliber of Candice Olson," said Parker Goss, Highland House president. "We believe the High Point launch of her new product line will be the product event of the year. Candice's creative energy and design philosophy are an ideal fit for Highland House and the direction the company is taking. We know that consumers as well as dealers will be drawn to Candice's clean, creative transitional designs as well as to the price points we intend to offer with her new product line. And, we are especially pleased to be offering Candice Olson upholstery and case goods under one roof for the first time."

"I have watched and admired Highland House for a long time, and I'm thrilled at the possibilities that lie ahead for my furniture collection with them," Olson said. "Because we live in an era where there's a proliferation of mass-manufactured items, I'm especially impressed with the manufacturing and logistics capabilities at Highland House, where each piece receives the care of true craftsmen. In addition, I’m pleased that both my upholstered furniture and case goods will be produced by the same company and be displayed in one showroom under one umbrella."

Highland House, headquartered in Hickory, N.C., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Furniture.

Highland House showroom, High Point

 If you're ready to purchase new furniture, come by and let us show you all we have to offer.  The styles, fabrics and finishes available to compliment your decor is out there, and we'll help you find them all!  We have the personalized service you don't find everyday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Purple, Plum, Eggplant, Aubergine---call it whatever your want!

Madison Lane Interiors
We have had various shades of purple in the shop for sometime.  You might be surprised how much this color is used in decorating.  Our neutral paint colors of gray and latte are a great backdrop for the varying shades of purple.  However, don't think your brightly painted walls won't work either, take a look below at the photo we took in the Duralee showroom:


It's not a lot of the pale purple/lavender, but enough to pop against the pale sofa and the blue walls.  The added color makes for a nice transition around the corner to a completely lavender and purple room.  You can see that room in the post below titled "Color Report from High Point".

Highland House showroom
 Just adding a decorative dish has a lot of impact with this bold purple and teal plate.

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 We've saved this photo for several years!  The purple votive candle holders and the throw, along with the even lighter lavender flowers turn an otherwise pale room into something glamorous!  The polished nickel accessories are a perfect addition.

Come by our shop and find the punch of purple/eggplant/plum or aubergine you need to freshen up your rooms!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Windows: some answers to your questions

Art and Surf is a beautiful modern residence designed by Steven Harris Architects and located in Montauk, New York.
If you build a house like this one, you aren't worried about privacy or any of the other obstacles even a small 24" X 36" window can have.  However, now that I have your attention----let's talk about window questions from the everyday homeowner.  

Question #1. I want to enjoy my view during the day, but we need privacy at night.     If you want "total" privacy or room darkening abilities, you will need something that is raised or opened during the day to see outside.  Room darkening usually requires a special fabric lining, wood blinds or shutters (but there may be some cracks of light), or cell shades with the foil lining inside the shade (not visible on the outside).  Also check out the answer below about Nantuckets and Silhouettes.  They are available with a room darkening vane.  Woven woods add a texture and natural look to your home, but do require a lining for privacy.

Bamboo shades with blackout lining.  Provide total privacy and sun control.

Question #2: I need some privacy during the day, but still see if someone pulls up to my home.   Your decorating style will have a lot to say about this answer.  Many things can fall into this category, and some depends on the "level" of privacy desired at night.  If it is total privacy, we are back to the answer in question #1.  There's also the option of having a two layer approach, with the first layer being a sun-filtering option, and the second layer having the blackout ability.  If you don't mind your neighbors seeing a light on in your home, there are some semi-opaque shades in many different styles that would work for you.  Also, for a more traditional look, there are many fabrics that allow sunlight (sheers) but when pleated and hung at the window, provide a level of semi-privacy.  You need to see these fabrics in person to appreciate them.  It's difficult to photograph!  Hunter Douglas has their Nantucket and Silhouette shades that will also provide filtered light and privacy all in one shade.  They look great alone, but can be used with other decorative treatments.

From the Hunter Douglas website.

Question #3:  I don't want to hide my transom/arch, but we can't see the television, and I'm afraid the sunlight will fade my sofa.  What can I do?  We've said it so many times, it sounds too simple, but the easiest fix is tinting your windows.  No, it doesn't look odd, and you won't even know it's there unless you get the super-duper/heavy-duty (not official names) tinting level.  In Joplin, we send out customers straight to Tint-n-More.  It is a great "first line of defense", meaning that it adds an extra layer of protection to anything else we add.  Some windows, and those facing the west are the biggest offenders, just need more than one layer of protection.  If you get a lot of sun during a small portion of the day, this might be a fix for you, too.  Not every window needs a treatment, but you could use the UV protection.  If you aren't in our area, checkout Vista Window Films for your problem windows.  

Case Study: Interior Designer: Jamie Drake, ASID, from the Vista website.
 Question #4:   Wow, why are window treatments so expensive?  Yes, they are, and your oversized windows are going to be more than you expected.  It all adds up, and quite quickly!  Unfortunately, the builders get to you first, and decisions are made, budgets are exceeded, and there you are:  beautiful windows that need a treatment.  Cheap hardware and wimpy curtains are going to take away from that wonderful home you now have.  We advise our clients to go a step at a time.  Don't ever try to plan it all in a day!  Work on the most important room, first, which may be the bathroom because of privacy!  When you see the quality that custom work provides, you'll be ready to move forward as your budget allows.  Please, if you have a budget, let us know at the beginnning.  We can tell you what is/isn't possible, and we'll only look at our choices within your budget.  The options are less, but that's not a bad thing---it helps keep us all focused and makes the decision making a little easier in a lot of cases!  Sometimes special hardware doesn't call for expensive fabric, but something simple, and vice versa.   And, if we do quote a price that is outside your budget let's sit down and decide if there is another fabric or brand of hardware that could be substituted.

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The room in the above photo could have been accomplished in several steps.  The woven shades would have been the first layer, along with the furniture.  The addition of the area rug, lamps may have come into play before drapery panels.  Wall art and throw pillows are one of the last additions to bring the look together.  Obviously, this homeowner was partial to their well worn leather chairs (or maybe re-upholstering is their final step!). 



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