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Category: Furniture

The Console Table & Sofa Table

What is the difference between a Console Table and a Sofa Table? The terms describe the same basic piece of furniture. A wide table that is shallow in depth, and roughly table or desk height. They can have legs, sides, or pedestals for support and can also have shelves or stretchers below the top surface or just be open underneath. They are usually rectangular but not always. They can be curved or shaped. One thing they usually are not is
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What Is the Most Important Piece of Furniture in Your Home?

Think about it. Can you tell us which is the most important piece of furniture in your home? We would love to hear your responses. Here are some thoughts we’ve had. Your bed is very important, because hopefully you spend eight hours in it every night (wishful thinking, right?) But your actual bed frame has little to do with your comfort. Your mattress and box spring are what you are actually sleeping on, so we would say the bed is
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What’s the Difference Between a Cocktail Table and a Coffee Table?

You’ve heard us talking about how a sofa is not a couch and a couch is not a sofa. Please forgive our OCD, but we still stand by those rules. However, when it comes to cocktail tables and coffee tables we use those terms interchangeably. These days the terms are used to describe all low tables placed in front of a sofa. But if you want to seem “in the know” there is a difference to the hardcore furniture enthusiasts,
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Color Trends from High Point Market

Twice a year, spring and fall, we go to High Point, North Carolina to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet in North Carolina for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest home furnishings market in the world. Why do we go? To see
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The Forever Fashionable Frequently Functional Martini Table

What is a Martini Table? Any small table used beside a chair, sofa, sectional, banquette or seat that is primarily for the use of one person. Formerly called cigarette tables, these small gems have evolved into the more elegant named Martini Tables, a name that more accurately describes their use and stylish qualities. They can come in any shape, any material, any finish and the possible combinations are endless. There are literally thousands from which to choose. Frequently made in
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High Point Market

People who know us know that twice a year we head to High Point, North Carolina for the High Point Market. Each, spring and fall, we go there to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet up for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest
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The Always Stylish Yet Highly Functional Étagère

We have talked in the past about how the highly underrated ottoman just doesn’t get enough respect yet it is a highly functional and very stylish piece of furniture. Similarly, the étagère is also a highly functional very stylish piece of furniture but its place in the furniture world is only slightly ahead of the ottoman. An étagère is a piece of furniture which was made in France during the latter part of the 18th century. It consists of a series of
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The Art of Arranging Furniture

One of the many tasks Interior Designers are called upon to do is layout furniture within a space. Designers study and practice space planning furniture within a room and they develop these skills to a point that upon entering a room they can usually instinctually see two or three arrangements in their head. It is a talent and a well-honed skill, but if you haven’t been doing it for thirty years what tips can you learn to figure out your
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What the difference between a sofa and a couch?

Did you know that a sofa is not a couch and a couch is not a sofa? Most people use the term couch to describe a sofa but technically that’s not correct. A sofa usually has two arms and a back, although a sofa can be armless. However a couch has one or no arms and may have a back on the short end. You may have heard of the term chaise, from chaise longue, meaning long chair in French.
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What is happening to the bathtub?

Have you noticed lately that bathtubs are getting very stylish and very sexy? What is changing with this centuries old plumbing fixture? Remember those aircraft carrier sized tub decks that surrounded tubs and made them difficult to get into? Remember all the extra cost involved in building and finishing that tub deck? Well the bathtub is evolving, or more accurately, going back to its roots. The bathing vessel has been around for thousands of years and in the 18th &
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The Ottoman, is it the Most Versatile and Most Underrated Piece of Furniture?

In the world of furniture there are some pieces that command importance and prestige over others. A breakfront intimidates with its sheer size and a Chippendale chair can fetch a very high price at auction and they are both highly functional. However, there are few types of furniture that are as versatile, economical and flexible as an ottoman. The chameleon of the furniture world, this piece adapts itself to any décor. They come in an endless variety of shapes and
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Bar Cabinets & Carts

How do you set up your bar or drinks counter when entertaining in your home? We find a lot of people use the kitchen because they associate the bar with requiring plumbing. But we also constantly hear the complaint that “everyone always gathers in the kitchen”. One way to get the party out of the kitchen and into the living room or family room is via a bar cabinet or bar cart. There are many cabinets and carts on the
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The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially in a restaurant or bar” the French word describes a variety of shapes and styled upholstered seating usually used for dining seating. If space is limited this wall hugging piece of furniture eliminates the need for circulation around a dining table and pushes the seating group against a wall, allowing for more seating in a
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High Point Market

People who know us know that twice a year we head to High Point, North Carolina for the High Point Market. Each, spring and fall,

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Bar Cabinets & Carts

How do you set up your bar or drinks counter when entertaining in your home? We find a lot of people use the kitchen because

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The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially

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