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Random things I love.

by Cheryl Duncan

I’m going to be a grandma for the first time very soon, and so I’ve been on the search for a new rocker. This CR Laine swivel glider is super comfortable and I’m thinking of getting it in this houndstooth fabric. The arm seems to be just the right height for support while rocking our baby. Ironically, the name of this chair is Holly, our expectant daughter’s name! She is having a little boy!

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Where I come from, deer season is considered a national holiday!
27 years ago this November I got married on the opening day of deer season.
I love this aluminum deer head mount from IMAX! Very simplistic.

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Finally, we got to spend a week on the beach this September! Although progress prevented us from staying at our favorite place, the beach was faithful!

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Help!

by Cheryl Duncan

I recently received a phone call from a lady who is needing a sofa but finds the decision-making process and all the effort associated with looking for the best option to be a daunting task. This is a common reaction to any big purchase.  Here’s my advice: Become educated on the options available to you so you can make an informed decision. I know - easier said than done! But educating yourself and/or finding someone to walk you through the purchase and help with research will go along way towards making you feel comfortable and confident.
Wheeler’s can help you identify the options that best fit your budget and lifestyle. We can walk you through the key considerations of each possible choice: price, quality, style, scale, and comfort. The picture below shows a typical board we can create to show our customers how we pull a room together, and how your needs can be addressed. 
 
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I love pictures! Bring me a picture that inspires you and we will be off and running together. I can help you through the research and identify the best options based on your needs and inspiration.  You can have the look you want, stay within your budget, and I promise it won’t be overwhelming at all! 

 

What Is Your Style?

by Cheryl Duncan

Is furniture shopping in your future? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought?! In this ever changing world we live in, it is hard to keep up with all the latest trends and design styles. It is important to know of the companies out there and their quality stories. Doing your homework before you purchase will help you to make wise choices and enjoy the process too! 

Maybe you feel totally out of your element when it comes interior furnishing. You have an idea of what you would like but have no clue how to make your vision a reality. Take a sigh of relief, help is on the way!

In my next few posts, I will talk about style terminology, furniture lingo and what to look for in quality to fit your lifestyle.

This week let’s talk about different styles, of which there are many! Some of the style terms used by the industry are; Traditional, Transitional, Country French, Craftsman, Shabby Chic, Modern and Eclectic - just to name a few!

I am a visual person. I always say a picture is worth a thousand words! Here are some pictures to show you some of the different styles, all of which come from our wealth of resources, available to you!

Traditional room by Century Furniture:

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Transitional room by Bernhardt Interiors:

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Country French room by Century Furniture:

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Craftsman bedroom by Stickley Furniture:

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Shabby Chic chair by Habersham Home:

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Modern bedroom by Century Furniture:

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Eclectic living room by Bernhardt Interiors:

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Shabby at Heart

by Cheryl Duncan


As a child we made frequent family visits to my Aunt Audrey & Uncle Orin’s. I can still hear the sound of the screen door opening and the creek in the back porch floor. There was always an aroma coming from the kitchen to let us know we had a wonderful dinner waiting for us! We spent many hours  in the big country kitchen of this great home!

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The mixture of furniture from Mission to Victorian filled the house. No two chairs around the kitchen table were alike. Today’s term “Shabby” definitely fit the style of their home.

I find a certain calmness in the Shabby style because it brings back such fond memory of my childhood. Park Hill Collection has done a great job of recreating objects of the simple life. A life I wish I could visit again! It is their philosophy that the most wonderful things are usually found in the most humble places.

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Park Hill Collection is available at Wheeler’s.

The Athens Chair

by Cheryl Duncan

It’s refurnishing time at my house! I am in the process of sprucing up my living room and this Athens Chair from King Hickory caught my eye while I was researching options.

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This is an incredibly comfortable chair, perfect for a variety of settings because of the gorgeous array of colors in the patchwork “rug” fabric used on the outside back and sides.  Stop by our showroom, see this great chair in person and I’ll help you find the perfect place for it in your office or home!

Through the eyes of a mother~

by Cheryl Duncan


The reality is that the decorating that didn’t get done before your bundle of joy arrives, gets put on hold until you settle into motherhood!
One necessity you are sure to have, though, is the crib!

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                         Build-to-grow Encore Crib by Stanley Furniture



As you watch your angels sleep you become aware that you will have your heart living outside your body for the rest of your life!
All too soon they become escape artists and learn to crawl over the rails of the crib and you realize it’s time to graduate your angels to a big bed.

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                           Top: Gabriella collection by Universal Furniture

                      Bottom: RoughHouse collection by Universal Furniture


By now you’re settled into reading books without looking at the pages because you have them memorized! They finally drift off to sleep & you carefully crawl off the side of their bed so not to wake them up and start the whole process again!
The big day comes when they wave you on as you watch them walk into their classroom for the first time!  You turn with a tear in your eye wondering where the time has gone?


The hub of the home~
The dinner table is one of the most important assets of the home! Not only do you gather together here to eat and pray, you also share your dreams, your joys and your frustrations.

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         Paula Deen Home Kitchen Gathering Table by Universal Furniture


You cherish the far-too-few evenings spent as a family relaxing after dinner as you race off to sports practice, dancing, gymnastics, youth group and the list goes on and on! You realize how important it is to have a family-friendly home!

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Before you know it they are off to start a life of their own! Now, not only is your heart living outside your body, it’s out of the house! You have been able to send some of the well worn furniture with them enabling you to start fresh as you begin a new chapter of life!

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Gallagher sofa and Garbo occasional tables by Berhardt



There are two great things we give our children, one is roots, the other wings~

Happy Mother’s Day!

Rhapsody

When Hooker Furniture announced they were doing a giveaway from their Rhapsody collection, the only difficult thing was picking our favorite piece! Here are some favorites from our staff…

Cheryl Duncan:

Handpainted Drawer Chest

This Handpainted Drawer Chest is one of my favorite pieces from the Rhapsody collection. It is such a pretty piece with its decorative hand painting. I love the fact that it is versatile, with both drawers and doors, and it can anchor a bedroom, dining room or living room!

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Jennifer Bump:

Thin Console

I love a lot of the occasional pieces that Hooker Furniture has been offering as of late. If Hooker Furniture were a person, they’d be that girl in high school who actually listened to her mom when she was told to stand up straight; it just looks a bit more put together and very sharp. And the Rhapsody Thin Console is no exception. The finish is amazing and the piece is stylish without being fussy. But the thing that I love most about this piece is actually revealed in its name. It is thin. The console is only thirteen inches deep and answers the question I hear all of the time, “What am I supposed to do with that wall?” Put this console on that wall. It’s thin enough that you won’t have to worry if it’s going to take up too much space or protrude into the room. Ultimately, I think this piece is great because it could go so many places in a home. Well done, Hooker Furniture.

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Audrey Kelsey:

Sleigh Bed

My favorite piece of the aptly named Rhapsody collection is the sleigh bed. Hooker uses a whole paragraph of adjective-infused descriptions, but the final phrase pretty much sums it up for me…. "over the top". This bed would look good in a castle. It would fit right in. However, if you are just, well, ordinary, but you want to feel like a King when you call it a day then check out the Rhapsody collection. By the way, this is IN STOCK, on the floor of our showroom!

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Kim Robilotto:

Tufted Dining Chair

I absolutely love this tufted dining chair! It has great lines to it; the curved sides make it an interesting view from all angles. And then there’s the versatility: in addition to its obvious use as a dining chair, it could also be pulled into a living room as an accent chair, or it would make an exceptional addition to a desk area in a master bedroom. If you are limited on space (I know I am!), any piece that can do double duty is always a huge bonus.

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Click here for more information on how to enter Hooker Furniture’s giveaway! Be sure to enter by March 31st!

Superbowl Sunday - The Best Seats in the House!

By Cheryl Duncan, designer

I think I have determined I do not have the football gene! I can tell you more about the teams uniforms than how many games they have won or who is playing who. I do actually know who is in this year’s Super Bowl and I have picked my favorite team for various reasons. I can also tell you no matter if I like football or not, I would be happy to sit in this room to at least watch the Super Bowl commercials!  Love these theater seats by Hancock & Moore!

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Monterey Theater Seats by Hancock and Moore

What's on your Christmas List?

by Cheryl Duncan, designer

Typically during this busy season, the people we see come through our doors are on a mission: either looking for a gift for someone or looking to take the opportunity to purchase furniture for themselves for Christmas. If you are like me, you have a few hard-to-buy-for people on your list! Here are some suggestions to help with your holiday shopping! 

Wonderful rustic clock by Uttermost, paired with a beautiful Quoizel Tiffany lamp!

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For the retro guy, the Sitka lamp by Uttermost!

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For the Stickley enthusiast, the 2013 collector’s piece:

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A warm & inviting mission lamp by Quoizel!

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Or, here’s one for you! How about new living room furniture! There is still time to get it for your Holiday Celebrations!

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All items (and more!) are currently available from our showroom floor! Come see us and check a few items off your shopping list!

Stickley Furniture: Beyond Arts & Crafts

by Cheryl Duncan, designer

When we hear the name Stickley, usually the first thing that comes to mind  is Arts & Crafts, for which they are well known. However, Stickley has a softer side - if you will, the stately traditional Colonial Williamsburg side. Recently I had the privilege of helping some folks with furnishing a lovely colonial home with some of Stickley’s finest. Here is a peek of what we did…

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To change things up a bit they chose the Willow bed from the Edinburgh Collection.  The lattice effect opened up the window to add maximum light to this small room.

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Christmas in July!

by Cheryl Duncan, designer

Can you believe we’re halfway through 2012 already?? Winter holidays are right around the corner! Ok, maybe they’re not right around the corner - and I know it’s hard to think about Christmas and Thanksgiving when it’s 103 degrees outside!  But nonetheless, let’s take a break from our usual focus and look at a sales event we have coming up this week. 

Our Fourth of July Sale is one of our biggest sales events of the year and it’s an awesome time to shop our showroom for super deals! This sale is the kick-off event for our month-long summer sale, when you’ll find extra discounts for special orders as well.  It’s the perfect time to think about how you want your home to look when the holiday season arrives, especially if you’re thinking about hosting holiday celebrations with family and friends! Come in and let us help you, as we say, set your table for your holiday company.  And remember, we’re air conditioned!

Stickley Furniture: Leopold's Chair

by Cheryl Duncan, Designer

As we continue the Stickley journey, I want to share with you about one of Leopold Stickley’s finest creations. It is simply called Leopold’s Chair!

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This chair is a classic from the 1930’s and has been Stickley Upholstery’s most popular chair since it was reissued in 1996. The arm of this exceptional chair was said to be one of Leopold’s favorite design elements. The detailed hand tufting of this chair requires over half a day by one of Stickley’s most skilled artisans.

This is one of my personal favorites, as well! Once you sit in this chair, you will always remember its comfort! Step into Wheeler’s showroom and see for yourself!

The Waterville Wing is a spin off of Leopold’s Chair:

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Another example of beautiful craftsmanship and quite comfy in it’s own right!

Stay tuned for more of Cheryl’s tour of Stickley Furniture!

See Cheryl’s previous Stickley Furniture posts here:

Stickley Furniture: A Brief Introduction

Stickley Furniture: A Focus on Quality

Stickley Furniture: The Prairie Settle

Stickley Furniture: The Prairie Settle

by Cheryl Duncan, designer

As the furniture industry became more crowded and design tastes changed, the second of the Stickley brothers, Leopold, played a vital role in the company’s success due to his ability to adapt to other furniture styles. Perhaps the most gifted woodworker of the family kicked into high gear.

One of my favorite creations from Leopold is the Prairie Settle.

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He was intrigued by the long, low lines of the Midwestern earth-hugging prairie homes, which inspired this piece of furniture art! The prairie design features horizontal extensions that go beyond their vertical support with graceful corbels which support the horizontal extensions. Today’s Mission Oak version includes the quadralinear post revealing the beauty of a consistent grain pattern on four sides of the post. Once again, being true to quality.

Stay tuned for more of Cheryl’s tour of Stickley Furniture!

See Cheryl’s Previous Stickley Furniture Posts:

Stickley Furniture: A Brief Introduction

Stickley Furniture: A Focus on Quality

Stickley Furniture: A Focus on Quality

by Cheryl Duncan, designer at Wheeler’s Furniture

A true visionary, Gustav Stickley looked to the future in 1901 and said,
“In 50 or 100 years, good oak furniture will be worth many times its first cost. For the time is coming when it will be valuable on account of its permanent worth and it’s scarcity”.

When I study the fascinating history of Stickley Furniture, the company Gustav founded in the early 1900’s, what stands out most is the emphasis on quality.  Take, for example, the sideboard below:

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This beautifully proportioned sideboard made of quarter sawn oak, with it’s graceful arched rail, exemplifies beautiful craftsmanship. With pinned mortise and tenon joints where the body of the piece connects to the legs, this piece is built to last a lifetime. Stickley quality, which Gustav insisted upon, is displayed in drawers that are side hung and feature center guides. Because of the width of the bottom drawer, it has been twice under guided, enabling this drawer to be closed with ease simply by pushing on one corner of the drawer.


This sideboard was made originally for Gustav’s own Columbia Avenue home in Syracuse, New York in 1904. On December 10, 1988 it was sold for a record price  of $363,000. Then in 1999, the same piece commanded $596,900! Gustav’s prediction of the value of good oak furniture came true! Today, Stickley continues to focus on quality as it produces furniture to last generations. 

Stickley Furniture is American Craftsmanship at it’s finest!

More to come…

(For more on the history of Stickey Furniture, see Cheryl’s Intro to Stickley post here.)

Stickley: A Brief Introduction

The story began in the early 1900s. Five brothers had one passion to profoundly affect American furniture, by embracing “honest” what-you-see-is-what-you-get joinery, the highest quality wood, and genius designs that were both functional and beautiful. Their quality products have withstood the test of time through both favor and hardship, much like the American story itself. 

 Gustav Stickley marked all of his furniture with the Flemish phrase “als ik kan” which means, “To the best of my ability.”  Gustav wanted this symbol to assure his customer’s that every piece was built to the finest quality and highest standards. 

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                                                        Photo from www.woodworkingtalk.com

 The Audi family, who own Stickley today, continue to adhere to the rigorous standards of the original vision.  They too, believe in building furniture that upholds the highest standards, insuring that the Stickley furniture built today will continue as a beautiful legacy symbolizing the quality of American craftsmanship for generations to come.

Keep watching our blog as designer, Cheryl Duncan, gives us a tour of beautiful Stickley products and the history behind the design.

For the rest of the Stickley story, click here.

Time For a Change

by Cheryl Duncan, designer

I’ve been thinking about replacing a few pieces of furniture in my home, but the thought of replacing items that I have had for years is almost overwhelming. My sofa and love seat are pieces that I have owned for almost fifteen years and they have become fixtures in my home, entwined with wonderful memories of family and holidays and days gone by.

But at the same time, when I look around my home, I realize that I have  accumulated a lot of “stuff” over the years. It’s time to make some changes! I’ve been purging a lot of unnecessary clutter recently, and lately when I go home I notice that it just feels more peaceful. Slowly but surely I’m creating a soothing and more modern feel. As I transition to my new look, I want to make sure I love my next pieces as much as I love the ones I have now, so I’m feeling the pressure to make the right choice! To get started, I’m looking at lots of pictures and saving the ones I like.

Here are two sectional options I am considering:

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King Hickory Gemini Sectional in fabric

           

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Palatial Marin Sectional - possibly in red leather!

If you’ve been thinking about doing some updating to your home, come see us! I would love to share ideas, and hear about the look and feel you’re hoping to create in your home. Our professionals can help you pull it all together. Don’t go it alone! In the long run, you will end up spending less money, and we will work with you until you find pieces that you love. In the meantime, I’ll keep you posted on my progress with future posts – wish me luck!

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