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Made in the USA

Many of the things I saw at the Fall Furniture Market at High Point, North Carolina, last month intrigued me. I loved getting to know our vendors better, connecting with other interior designers, and getting lots of ideas for the ways in which I can continue to pursue excellence in interior design. I am so excited, though, regarding one of the many trends I noticed — more and more furniture and home goods manufacturers are moving production to the United States.

Reasons for United States Production

There are many reasons for this shift in the location of production. Here are just a few:

  • Consumer demand. Many furniture manufacturers and companies have realized that consumers are searching for products made in the United States. People want to invest in American made goods, and they are continuing to put their money into goods made in the U.S.
  • Economic realities. It is becoming ever more beneficial economically to move production to the United States, particularly with increased shipping costs, along with increased labor costs in other countries.
  • Quality control. Many furniture manufacturing companies are taking a more proactive approach to quality control and craftsmanship. Moving production to the United States allows for increased oversight in this very important area. Additionally, many consumers seek out the highest quality products possible — many of these high quality pieces are made in the U.S.
  • Materials. Many consumers are seeking out environmentally friendly materials. These types of materials can be more easily controlled when production is done in the United States.

Do you seek out products that are made in the United States? If so, what are your reasons? As a Naples based interior design firm, it is our desire to support businesses with production based primarily in the United States. As we move through the interior design process, we encourage our clients to utilize furniture, goods, and fabrics that are made in America.

Task Furniture

When you consider the amount of time you spend working on your home computer, what comes to mind? Do you look forward to spending time in your home office? Or do you begrudgingly saunter down to complete tasks? Does your chair give you aches and pains, or are you comfortable in it for hours on end? Does your home desk bring you joy every time you see it, or was it salvaged from your parents’ basement? In my experience at the Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, I enjoyed viewing all of the new designs in the area of task furniture.

What, exactly, is task furniture? Task furniture encompasses any furniture you might place in a home office. Additionally, it can refer to a small desk or comfortable chair you might utilize during the day to complete your work. It is specifically designed to be used for many hours and to help the user maintain a comfortable seated position.

Investing in Task Furniture

Why is it important to invest in high quality task furniture?

1. High quality task furniture increases the desirability of utilizing this type of furniture. Imagine entering your home office and truly enjoying spending time being there! Placing pleasing furniture in that room accomplishes that particular goal.

2. High quality task furniture decreases injuries related to sitting for long hours. Purchasing a high quality chair is essential for those using home offices for many hours at a time.

3. Many pieces related to tasks and offered by Decorating Den Interiors incorporate high quality design. The wide range of options we are pleased to offer our clients make beauty and design feasible goals for any in-home office. These pieces incorporate the latest trends and provide pleasing colors and interesting features related to design.

What characterizes your in-home office? Do you enjoy spending time there? If you are searching to increase the usability of your in-home office, there is no better way to do so than investing in high quality pieces of task furniture. Contact us for more information related to task furniture.

Personalizing Furniture: A Theme at High Point Market

Themes in Interior Design

As we continue to pursue excellence in the area of interior design, we would like to share with you some of the themes we saw at the Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. We attended this amazing interior design show last month. Here are a few of the themes we noticed.

  • Mixing of colors and designing your own furniture. The personalization of furniture was a major theme for this year’s market. Selecting details, fabrics, etc. for pieces of furniture creates lots of options for making pieces your own. Providing homeowners with more choice and the ability to be sure their room design and furnishings will not be like their friend’s or neighbor’s was a common theme in showrooms and in discussions with home furnishings representatives. Consumers also now have the ability to select furniture fabric, arm styles, legs, back styles, tailoring, dimensions, and other features and benefits.
  • Desire for American-made and eco-friendly products. Many people seeking to purchase furniture and invest in interior design also seek out environmentally friendly materials and furniture and pieces made in the United States.

The High Point Market is made up of 11.5 million square feet in 180 buildings and draws some 75,000 exhibitors and buyers. I covered a lot of territory in five long days!

The benefits of American-made were clearly evident in my visit to the Kincaid Furniture facilities in Hudson and Taylorsville, N.C. Seeing the care and individual expertise used to make these case-goods and upholstered furniture was eye-opening. As two employees were setting up their machine for the next products to be made, I asked one how they measured for the different settings. “It comes from 24 years of experience,” he said, “with a proud smile on his face.” I was told that these craftsmen and women know their own tape measure intimately—they know exactly whether the precise measurement is on the line or to the left or right.

Buyers at the market were clearly interested in knowing what products were American made so they can definitively inform consumers. It was wonderful to see that some manufacturers have persisted and others are returning to our shores for production.

Take It One Room at a Time

Buying a new (or used, dated) home is overwhelming in and of itself. Getting to that closing date takes a lot of work, energy, and (dare I say?) a few tears. After purchasing the home or condominium, though, you will begin to realize that your work has just begun. Decorating a home to your taste does not have to be a long, arduous process. Just take it one room at a time.

Taking your home’s decor one room at a time takes discipline, but depending upon your budget, this can be an important and necessary ideal. Why? Well, here are just a few of the many compelling reasons to decorate slowly.

1. Going room by room, making wise decisions as you go, ensures that you will get exactly what you want out of your home. Your home will serve your purposes and meet your goals. Rather than choosing to do everything at once, you will be able to think through each one of your rooms independently of the other, answering the question, “What do I want this room to accomplish?”

2. Taking things one room at a time will provide you with the opportunity to invest in pieces rather than just getting by with affordable items. As you make the decision to address various rooms and decorate slowly, you will be able to plan for major purchases, investing in well-built couches that fit your frame and your needs, rugs that resist staining and can even be hosed off outside if some disaster occurs, and lovely, unique wall paper installed professionally.

3. Decorating slowly, room by room, requires an amount of discipline, meaning that you have to consider and decide upon a theme that must run throughout the entirety of the home. Though you may not get there overnight, your end goal — in terms of the look and the theme — must and shall remain consistent in order to achieve a unified existence.

As you decorate, you may or may not decide to take your home one room at a time — that is okay. We want to help you reach your end goals no matter what your time frame may be. Give us a call! We would love to listen and help support you as you decorate your new place!

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109
239-431-5936
claudia@decoratingden.com

http://claudia.decoratingden.com

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