From the CEO of Charleston Forge on "Made in America"

Our longest-standing supplier is Charleston Forge, based in Boone, NC a few hours down the road from our showroom.   I have known Art Barber, the founder, for many years and have always admired his commitment to U.S. craftsmanship.   Their hand-forge product reflects that dedication and pride in the finished product.    We are always happy to place their product in a consumers home, because we know it will be an heirloom.

Here is an email sent by Art to his reps and retailers regarding U.S. manufacturing, and how we got to where we are today:

To emphasize our determination to manufacture and preserve jobs in America, we are displaying the American flag that flew on the warship that my father-in-law served on during World War II in our High Point showroom.

It reminds us of the sacrifices made by so many Americans who give their lives to protect the privileges we enjoy today. It symbolizes how lucky we are to have the freedom to live, work and play in such a great country. It calls out to all who pass by that our furniture is MADE in AMERICA.

The USS Greiner, on which my father-in-law served during World War II.

We're passionate about what we make and where we make it and it hurts to see so many jobs lost from this country.  It's not easy being in business here, but then again, business is not easy anywhere!

To compete with the world in our industry, we know that we have to be innovative, fashion focused, passionate, efficient and constantly evolving.  We're actually seeing an increase in orders and have expansion plans, so it's obvious to us that our market likes what we are doing.

We will be showing table tops that an artist makes for us by melting glass and pouring it into molds. We've expanded our Warehouse Collection which features our signature metal frames and tops made with wood reclaimed from shipping pallets. We've added floor to ceiling mirrors (with acid etched mirror) and small upholstered stools to this collection. We made some display trolleys with metal frames and used old pine boards that we got from a Dutch cheese factory as the tops. (Come early, there are only a few available). New transitional and contemporary glass top coffee tables and drink tables by designer John Kolkka are spectacular. We even commissioned a local artist friend of ours to make us a line of jewelry that combines the same elements and techniques that we use in furniture making. Charleston Forge and jewelry, it's a natural!

It's all simple yet sophisticated, casual but elegant, imperfect but perfect. If that flag could talk, we think it would say, "Well Done!"

If you're coming to High Point, please come see us, and the flag!  We'll look forward to seeing you, 
          Art Barber
          Founder and CEO
            Charleston Forge

Win a Ceiling Fan in our "Worst Ceiling Fan Ever" Contest

Custom_banner_1301056008Prize Details

We love doing contests here at Carolina Rustica, and recently came up with a great one, posted through our Facebook page.

An Emerson Designer Traditional Ceiling Fan in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish with Medium Oak and Dark Cherry reversible blades – The Designer Traditional Ceiling Fan epitomizes Emerson classic ceiling fan design, with its seamless motor housing, powerful 188mm x 15mm motor, and its many available options. You can create exactly the fan you are looking for at minimal cost, and with the assurance that Emerson is going to stand behind the fan for a lifetime! Other features include:
  • 52 in. blade span with 14 degree blade pitch
  • 5 Reversible Blades included
  • Three forward and three reverse speeds
  • Energy-Star rated
  • Three Speed pull chain operation compatible with SW46, SW93, SW95, SR100 and SW101 controls
  • Emerson light kit compatible
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • 80 in. lead wires for easy installation
  • 3 1/2 in. downrod included
    Fan is a customer return still in box

Contest Instructions

Simply post a photo of your ceiling fan that you most need replaced. Entrants and our fans will then vote on the winner to receive a new fan to cool down when tax time heats up!

Prize Eligibility

Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Contest Starts

March 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm (EDT)

Contest Ends

April 11, 2011 @ 12:00 pm (EDT)

Tommy Bahama Beach House by Lexington Furniture

The latest Tommy Bahama introduction will be showcased at the High Point, North Carolina Furniture show this spring, and we could not be more excited!   Tommy Bahama Beach House designs encompass an eclectic mix of Coastal and Caribbean styling, with details like reeded posts and drawer fronts, bent rattan, leather-wrapped  bamboo, and woven cane.   In short, its everything you should expect from a Tommy Bahama collection. You can shop all Tommy Bahama Furniture at Carolina Rustica by clicking here

Beach House is a fun and casual interpretation of today’s laid back approach to weekend getaways. The vibe is one of casual comfort....Beach House is designed to offer an exceptional value to consumers looking for a relaxed lifestyle that is casual and cool — be it in a condo, a loft apartment, or a bungalow on the beach.  This Tommy Bahama group also has the full range of upholstery.  The seating showcases the beauty of carved wooden frames, woven rattan and bamboo accents in keeping with island tradition.

From Furniture Today: Robb & Stucky, RIP

Robb & Stucky has been a competitor of ours in the southeastern states for awhile now, and it looks like their struggles over the last 4 years are coming to an end.  Liquidation means it is very unlikely the retailer will come back as a viable entity.   We are sorry for the good folks who work there and lost their jobs as a result of over-aggressive expansion.

TAMPA, Fla. — A U.S. Bankruptcy Court here approved the sale of high-end retailer Robb & Stucky to liquidators Hudson Capital and Hyperams today in a deal likely to lead to the shutdown of the Top 100 company.

According to a local report, the court approved the sale at a hearing today. Hudson Capital and Hyperams were the stalking horse and only validated bidder at an auction that wrapped up early this morning.