• Small Business Saturday! How do you Celebrate Local Designers?

    Small Business Saturday! How do you Celebrate Local Designers?

    In the afterglow of Thanksgiving arrives the madness of holiday shopping frenzies. Big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart have black Friday (dare we recall the horror stores of years past), and online retailers like Amazon have Cyber Monday deals with offers like free shipping. For the past two years, following American Express’s hugely successful original campaign, small businesses have Small Business Saturday. Call us biased (we are!) but we think it’s the best of the three. Because it’s in the immediate wake of Thanksgiving and looking toward the winter holidays, we really feel it’s the event that most relates to the spirit of the holidays; that is: giving back to our communities and reaching out with open arms and hearts. While we understand that Small Business Saturday is commercially, not charitably, motivated it’s still a way to participate in the betterment of your community. Small businesses have long been the backbone of the American economy and the birthplace of the American dream. And think about it, all you have to do is shop! Small businesses typically offer small batch goods–ensuring you’re getting something well-made and sometimes locally sourced (certainly so in our case!). So you’ve got nothing to lose! Get out there and support small businesses on Saturday. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing you!

    Below we’ve posted a few images of recent custom work–all of our custom furniture is made in North Carolina using the best local natural resources, and of course, is made by the most skilled local craftsmen.

    Like what you see? Check out our services and come have a chat with us this Saturday! 

  • We’re saying goodbye to summer with a huge sale. Much of our in-stock inventory is 50% off! Check out the flier below for details. Sale ends August 31st! 

  • What Does Quality Really Mean?

    What Does Quality Really Mean?

    In the furniture and design business we hear a lot about quality. It’s an adjective thrown around with more or less reckless abandon, and of course, it’s used to sell pieces and services. But what does it really mean? When we talk about a custom upholstered chair, for example, this is exactly what we mean:

    1. We’re using the best raw materials. In our case, we use 5/4″ kiln dried hardwood. Hardwood resists warping and is infinitely stronger and more durable than other materials that mass producers often use (like pine–about as bendy as a trampoline, and particle board–believe it, Ikea fans). Hardwood is also a sustainable and locally available resource. We also use superior construction methods to improve durability. So, we start with exceptional materials then we assemble the piece with double dowel joints and corner blocks glued and screwed for additional strength, stability and structural integrity.

    2.  For the seating and spring system, we use an eight-way hand tied seating support, which is double cone coil springs supported by polypropylene webbing and steel bands fastened directly to the hardwood frame.  Steel bands provide strength and prevent sagging. Springs are then hand tied together in eight different directions to permanently secure coils in place and allow for superior comfort and durability. No sad slouching or sagging seats here. What you can expect from imitators in big box stores is just that: imitation. They typically use prefabricated spring coil systems that are tied to one another (not affixed to the frame), so the springs have no support and start to fail quickly, compromising the comfort and lifespan of the piece.

    3. For the upholstery process we use 360 tailoring. First we hand cut and sew all of our fabrics to ensure the pattern’s consistency and accurate placement on the piece. Our skilled craftsmen make sure the pattern of the fabric matches from every vantage point, and that the fabric is taut and smooth throughout.

    And ultimately, it’s the craftsmen who determine the quality of a piece of furniture. It’s through their skill and experience that they’re able to translate quality so effectively and consistently to a piece. Quality, to us, is something expertly and carefully made, and something that endures.

    What does quality mean to you? Have you had any experiences with custom-made furniture that you’d like to share?  Feel free to post in the comment field below.  

  • We Love Local: North Carolina’s Furniture Comeback

    We Love Local: North Carolina’s Furniture Comeback

    Over the past few years, the “local” movement has gained serious traction. North Carolina proudly boasts local food–both in their bustling farmer’s markets and their seriously delicious farm-to-table restaurants–, a spate of local breweries, local wineries, local coffee roasters… the list goes on. But local woodworking and furniture is no new phenomenon. In fact, North Carolina used to be the epicenter of furniture manufacturing until global manufacturing took over, and like so many American-made products, furniture manufacturing was moved overseas where labor and materials were cheaper. Read more