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Center for Carolina Living Keep it comfy: Furniture is an important investment, so do some investigating before you buy. Furniture dealers, particularly in High Point, North Carolina, can help you when outfitting your home, home office, or home away from home - be it front porch or back deck.
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or those furnishing a new or second home, the choice is often what to bring and what to leave behind. Some folks picking up and moving are changing geography as well as attitudes. Furniture specialists have begun to refer to this mixing of styles as "casual formality," which can mean mixing favorite elegant pieces with upholstered furniture designed to take a beating by youngsters at play. For those moving to sunnier, more casual climates who can't part with heirloom furniture, this eclectic decorating trend is happy news.

According to many experts, those who haven't been shopping for furniture recently may be surprised. Families are often opting to spend money on home theatres and offices, making the home even more of a safe haven and retreat. Ask questions about the construction techniques, make sure the leather will last, and check to see that fine wood will stay strong and beautiful for years.
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entury Furniture has recently introduced a new collection that takes all this into account and more. Called the Consulate, the design is inspired by the furniture designs following the French Revolution. Classified as Neoclassical and crafted mostly in walnut, the furniture features intricate veneering and delicate carved details.

“It’s always dangerous to generalize about a group of people, but typically, by the time people reach their late 50s, they know who they are and what they want,” says Ed Tashjian, director of marketing for Century Furniture Co. “When people move, they often save just a couple of heirloom pieces, then build a new nest around their changing needs.” Mr. Tashjian believes that there is a return towards symmetry, simplicity and gracious living. And, people who are moving are often relatively affluent, with tastes that have developed over years of consumerism. “These people didn’t get to be wealthy by being careless, or wasting their money,” he points out, noting that today’s older buyers are focused on the highest quality they can buy, for them to enjoy now, and to pass on to the next generation.

“We are able to make furniture that should look beautiful and last more than 100 years,” he says.

In this day of mega-discounters and serve-yourself retail, the service element, as well as the product knowledge, is often missing. That's why some top quality furniture dealers are focusing on a few excellent manufacturers, using materials and techniques recognized worldwide for their excellence. What's more, they are providing a level of service that includes working with designers and architects for optimum functionality and comfort.

Whether you are starting over with all new furniture in a second home, or relocating to the Carolinas and bringing only a few treasured belongings, you'll need to visit a fine furnishings store to make the new nest all it can be.
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Center for Carolina Living Staff should begin by asking you plenty of questions. Likewise, you should make sure any retailer you visit understands what you want and knows the business from the inside out. Center for Carolina Living
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Knowledgeable shoppers will enjoy a trip to large furniture discounters in North Carolina. Hickory Furniture Mart is a million-square-foot complex, housing more than 100 factory outlets, stores and galleries selling in excess of 1,000 quality lines. "We take very seriously our commitment to the nearly half-million visitors who come to the Mart every year," says John Schenk, president, noting that professional designers are on staff to help.

“Outdoor furniture has become very important as people seek to expand their opportunities for using exterior spaces,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, public relations vice president for the American Furniture Manufacturers Association. "Outdoor entertaining is something everyone looks forward to," she says, explaining that the new collections provide consumers with a variety of stylish, yet functional pieces. (That's especially true in the Carolinas, where outdoor living is enjoyed most of the year.) Trends for the 21st Century home also include heightened interest in historical reproduction furnishings, with collections from a variety of famous places, including the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Artists in other mediums are turning to furniture design, such as the venerable Bob Timberlake, whose Arts and Crafts Collection tempers the past with soft lines, beautiful finishes, extraordinary “leaded” glass, and unique hardware detailing.

Floor coverings are a very important part of creating a new living environment that works for a family’s changing needs. “Lots of times, people will have collections that they want to incorporate into their new home,” says Abu Khan, owner of Abu’s Oriental Rugs in Jamestown, North Carolina. According to the native of Scotland who grew up in the rug business, people who are relocating think carefully about how rugs will enhance the livability of their new homes. Sometimes, new homeowners will buy the rugs first, then pick out furniture and accessories around those colors. “I have had customers who have given everything to the children, and are starting with brand new plans and a completely new look,” he said.
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Center for Carolina Living Of course, families who are relocating with young children have very different needs in terms of durability, and wear and tear. Center for Carolina Living
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For them, the choices may be limited to a few choice pieces of furniture to freshen things up a bit, and here, too, there is no better place to select furniture in every price range and style than here in the Carolinas. There is a new web site offered by AFMA that helps people identify styles and prices that best fit their needs.

Finally, whether retired or not, many homeowners want to include a home office in their designs.

The possibilities can be nothing short of mind-boggling to the serious home furnishings shopper. First, do your homework. There is a wider range of options than ever before.
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Center for Carolina Living There is no substitute for excellent service, provided by an expert in the furniture industry.
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These experienced professionals easily answer your questions, and they know the difference in finishes, environmentally-responsible harvesting of hardwoods and fabrics. Be prepared to invest time in the process, to make decisions that will prove correct in the long-term.

The huge discounters in places like Hickory and High Point, offer a completely different shopping experience, one that will provide an overwhelming array of choices, in a setting in which one-on-one service is much more limited but touch and feel are very much a part of the experience.

We suggest enrolling your decorator in finding a reputable furniture dealer. Then, prepare to spend the time required to get pieces that will be beautiful and functional many years later.
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Center for Carolina Living What would you do with an extra room in your house?
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One thousand empty nesters answered this survey conducted by AFMA.

The top five answers—

1. Library or Reading Room

2. Hobby Studio

3. Guest Room

4. Home Theater

5. Home Office

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Katherine O. Pettit has worked as a writer, magazine editor, printer and public relations consultant. The Columbia resident has published more than 250 articles in magazines and newspapers. Her writing explores a variety of subjects including travel, lifestyles, business and management. Center for Carolina Living
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