Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It's been said that "things aren't made the way they used to be," but at Kincaid, that's not exactly true. While several enhancements have been made since their beginnings in 1946, they still use solid wood construction, wood-on-wood drawer movement, and hand rubbed finishes to craft their wood furniture. And the same can be said for their upholstery. Over the past 30 years, their upholstery operations in western North Carolina have built quality, bench made upholstery one piece at a time. And like Kincaid's solid wood furniture, the upholstery has also benefited from a number of enhancements that continue to add value for the customer.
American Heartland is a traditional solid oak bedroom collection that is grounded in down-home sensibilities. The classic oak grain’s characteristics are highlighted with three distinct finishes: an aged Oatmeal, gently worn Slate, and lustrous Harvest. Three bed designs are offered, including a rope carved Poster Bed with a low, curved headboard and carved posts which also have lower (60”) or taller (83”) options to suit a variety of style preferences. The Sleigh Bed is updated with an extra low footboard which gives it a platform feeling. The triple panels and graceful feet provide visual interest. The sturdy design of the Cannonball Bed will give consumers a point of reference when recalling the homey comfort of this style from childhood.
Kincaid also recently introduced Rosecroft, an Arts & Crafts-inspired home collection that includes bedroom, dining, home office, occasional, and upholstery items in a beautifully distressed rich Heirloom finish. For the dining room, Rosecroft debuts a Rectangular Leg Table with two 20” leaves, a Round Dining Table with one 20” leaf, and a Counter Height Round Table with Tile Top. All pieces have considerable substance in the turned legs and tops, which not only provides a visual focal point, but also creates a foundation to the room’s décor. Two coordinating chair styles are available: the first includes a gently curved backrest, scooped top, and upholstered seats; the second has a supportively curved backrest, a practical handle opening in the top, and upholstered seat. The China Display Hutch and Buffet incorporate beautifully antiqued glass doors with decorative bordered panels which highlight the Wild Irish Rose insignia on the sideview glass. A unique Bar Server is a distinguished and incredibly versatile addition, and could be a useful accent in many areas of the home.
Kincaid is well known for its creation and presentation of the Laura Ashley Collections. Exuding the gentle essence of European country cottage living, the Laura Ashley Sturlyn collection displays sophisticated style with great attention to detail and ornamentation. It's eclectic reach creates an interpretive expression for any home with three distinct finishes to choose from; a rich Sienna stain and relaxed Linen and Onyx colors are all featured finishes characterized by a breathtaking hand rubbed and naturally antiqued finish. A rich impression and depth of finish typifying cottage charm is created with an air of understated grace, Sturlyn can be dressed up to adapt to European traditional settings as easily as it can be dressed down for more relaxed living.
Like a gifted sculptor, the skilled craftsman chisels, then molds, casts, then carves to create the delicate details and stunning grandeur that defines the character of the Artisan's Shoppe collection. The seamless blending and balancing of details create the grand and magnificent design that can only be achieved through hand-crafting solid wood furniture. Intertwining intricate distressing and a warm, polished finish evokes refined furniture pieces that bring natural beauty and subtle confidence into the home.
Founded in 1946, Kincaid Furniture Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and marketer of solid wood furniture. Kincaid’s growth is based on a commitment to quality solid wood case goods, fashionable upholstery, and the best service the industry has to offer. Kincaid Furniture Company is part of La-Z-Boy Incorporated’s family of companies. For more information on Kincaid, please visit http://www.kincaidfurniture.com/
Friday, October 9, 2009
It may seem basic, but there are is a vast array of styles and fabrics available for shades. The following illustrates the most frequently used shade shapes. These are the most popular shade types found in both residential and hospitality. Please call us at 800-205-7819 if you have any questions about shades, or lighting:
1. Hardback: Fabric or paper is laminated to a Polystyrene inner lining. This is then secured to the top and bottom ring with adhesive tape. Available with self fold trim or hand tucked.
2. Stretched: Stretched shades are made with full framework, top and bottom ring welded together by ribs. Stretched shades are made with an inner fabric lining, usually white, and an outer fabric that is stretched over the full framework. Available with self fold trims and optional piping on the ribs. Stretch shades are commonly referred to a "Silk Shades" which is misleading. Stretch shades are not necessarily made from silk. They can be made from a variety of fabrics including linen, cotton and blends.
3. Pleated Shades: Shades are available in a varied pleat styles, from Soft Pleat, Knife Pleat-No Trim, Box Pleat, and Pinch Pleat. A pleated fabric or vinyl is applied to a polystyrene body.
Self fold trim is used at the bottom and top rings
4. Shade Trims: Double and Single Fold-Trim is adhered over the top and bottom shade rings.
Self Fold-No Trim- Fabric is tucked and glued around the shade rings.
HARPS AND FINIALS
A harp is the detachable bracket that attaches to the saddle serving as a mounting bracket for the shade. We use harp sizes ranging from 7" to 12". Bulb type is a factor when determining the harp for a specific shade. Harp, Saddles and Finials are available in plated and powder coat finishes. Powder Coat is recommended in locations where humidity is a concern.
A finial is a threaded cap that screws onto the top of the harp to tighten and hold the lamp shade in place.
Diffusers are used to obscure the light bulb and diffuse the light from the bulb.
Diffusers can be utilized for debris and bug guard
Diffusers are used on the top, bottom or both areas of a shade or fixture.
Diffusers are available in Acrylic/Plastics, Metal and Glass
Special considerations to heat must be made when using a diffuser
Friday, October 2, 2009
We can all do things better, whether it is on our website, in our business, or how we communicate with customers. Sometimes we do things very good, sometimes not so much. Its important to get all feedback in order to improve. Sidewiki is a big step in allowing that to happen, and the rules of engagement are clear.in reference to: Google (view on Google Sidewiki)
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Straight Talk on Internet Marketing for your business. As business owners, the easiest part of our job is doing what we know and love, such as design consultation or furniture sales. The hardest part is deciding on how to allocate hard-earned resources to marketing your business online. While the internet is now the definitive source for business referrals and sales (for most of us), it is still a labyrinth of confusing, and often times, expensive marketing opportunities. Recent media coverage regarding social networking has added to the conflict of where to invest your time and money for online marketing. This short seminar by Richard Sexton will untangle these options and put you on track for successful internet marketing.
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