An Everyday Christmas

December 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Gifts

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Last week I had a conversation with an older gentleman, J.R. ,  who said something that has stayed with me .  When I asked him if he was looking forward to Christmas he replied ” At my age honey,  everyday is Christmas!”   I laughed and went on my way but what he said kept coming back to me.   So I thought of days sprinkled with Christmas and what they would look like and I realized my previous week had been just that.

Christmas was a phone call from my mother inviting me to stop by for she had just made a blackberry cobbler – my favorite food on earth!  It’s the time a friend took on his busy Saturday morning to listen to the bruises on my heart. Or my coworker Kathy, who discovers my mistake on a major order, sees my panic stricken face, and assures me she will fix the issue.  It’s the sorority sisters who trek from far and wide to share a meal at my home and reconnect.  Christmas is running into a vendor I haven’t seen in some time who after catching up says ” you look great Laura” , I blush and laugh it off and he says ” I’m not kidding. I know what I’m talking about!”  It’s the weekly Monday afternoon visit from my brother Chris and niece Carly, bringing me coffee and a time to catch up before they head on their way.  Christmas is the daily calls I receive from my girls, sometimes it’s a quick check in, other times a lengthy conversation about their day and just recently a tearful call of homesickness and “just want to be home with you mama.”

All of these were gifts of time and a kind word, things without a price, gifts that will last in my heart.  It is my hope and prayer that we can all be someone’s daily Christmas, that we see the chance to add a little of that holiday sparkle – even in March, June or September – to someone’s otherwise listless day, giving the gift of a listening ear and an open heart.  J.R. was right.  Everyday can be Christmas.

Merry Christmas !

Laura Ramsey
Kathy Hansard
Celeste Cox
Danielle Turk

Apartment Living

One of our employees, Danielle, moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband last year. The furniture they were using was soft, worn out and hurting their backs. Since they live in a small apartment, the living room is where they relax, eat dinner and spend time with guests. They needed enough furniture to be able to hosts a few friends over for a Georgia game but did not have the space for several pieces. Danielle has always loved LEE Industries’ upholstery and knew that she wanted to furnish her apartment in that. After making a list of what they each wanted and did not want, they went on a hunt for the perfect sofa and chair.

After deciding on a tight back sofa to prevent someone from getting stuck in the crack, and a bench seat that allows for comfortable napping on a Saturday afternoon, they settled on the LEE 3106-03 in Crypton Zag Indigo fabric with fruitwood oak stain for the legs.

Her husband wanted a “man chair” that was sleek but also reclined. He chose the LEE 1974-01R in a stunning plaid fabric (Chester Lagoon) with fruitwood stain for the arms and legs. They completed this living room look with a LEE 9461-90 bench in Simon Truffle fabric and a khaki and white Diamond Rug from Dash and Albert.

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Danielle wanted a clean, soft bedroom without it being too girly (every newlywed’s challenge). She used our ready-made linen drapes in both the living room and bedroom. A simple, taupe quilt with matching shams, a Pine Cone Hill white duvet and a striped throw and lumbar pillow created a room with both feminine and masculine details.

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Lake Lanier Home: Stage 3

This Lake Lanier home has been such a treat to work on. Our stage 1 blog post focused on the planning stage of this lakehouse. Once the paint, stains, and construction details of the home were all selected we moved onto choosing the furniture, which we talk about in our stage 2 post.  Lots of natural light streams through the giant windows located in the living area overlooking the lake. To keep with the relaxed feel of a lakehouse, we used comfortable upholstery in the living area. Detail and contrast were added with the use of  dark toned chandeliers in the foyer, dining area, and over the sink which were selected from our online store.

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When the homeowners chose Miller Oat fabric for the 7042-03 sofa and Blake Bisque for the 1011-01 swivel chairs, both neutral fabrics,  we knew we would need to add pops of color with accessories. Green is a favorite of our clients so the use of bright green pillows and the brown and green Lee Jofa print for the other pillows  gave us the pop of color we needed.  LEE Industries leopard print pillows added texture to the swivel chairs.  After testing several green rugs in the living area, we decided on a Dash and Albert plaid jute rug in a moss green.

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We continued the green color scheme throughout the dining area with LEE Industries slipcovered dining chairs in Inca Pistachio, a cotton blend fabric with pin striped detailing. We then filled the rest of the dining table with simple linen slipcovered chairs to keep the crisp look of a lakehouse. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy breakfast with that kind of view?

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Indoor/Outdoor Fabric

May 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Blog

Indoor/Outdoor fabrics and upholstery are great for outdoor spaces where Summer entertaining happens. What you may not know though is that we have clients upholstering chairs in outdoor fabric primarily for their living room, bedroom, and dining rooms. 

Why choose indoor/outdoor fabric? 

1. It’s durable.

2. Its easy to clean. You can now have your crisp, white chairs and not worry about ruining them with food, wine, and dirt. Spills and messes can be cleaned with mild soap or bleach (for those stubborn stains). Plus, most rugs and removable fabrics are machine washable. 

3. It’s gorgeous. Outdoor fabric no longer looks boring and drab. It comes in beautiful patterns, bright colors, and feels amazingly soft. 

Here are some inspiring photos from some of our favorite vendors who offer indoor/outdoor fabrics.  

                           

                                 

*Schumacher Indoor/Outdoor fabric by Trina Turk and Cote d’Azur. These bright colors and fun patterns make these great Summer fabrics. Cover chairs and pillows, or have drapes made out of these fabrics to create the perfect Summer oasis. 

           

           

          

*Dash and Albert Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are great for the spaces where spills tend to happen. The patio,                mudroom, bathroom, and kitchen are all spaces where an indoor/outdoor rug would be very useful. Made with      polypropylene, polyester, or PET, indoor/outdoor rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas.         

        

        

        

*Beautiful inspiration from Sunbrella. We love how versatile this blue and white fabric is. These pillows look great in the living room and on the patio. 

        

        

        

        

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*LEE Industries has partnered with Sunbrella to offer amazing fabrics for chairs, sofas, and ottomans. We can’t believe how versatile indoor/outdoor fabric is. 

                            Photo Credit: Schumacher Dash and Albert | Sunbrella | LEE Industries

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