Bernhardt Furniture - Crafting Quality Furniture for Over One Hundred and Twenty Years

Carolina Rustica is proud to have recently become an authorized dealer for Bernhardt Furniture. You can find the new product introductions shown below on our website, as well as their entire line of Casegood and Upholstery offerings. Visit us today on the web, at, or call us to learn more. 800-205-7819.

The Bernhardt Furniture Company was founded in 1889 in the small town of Lenoir, located in the foothills of Western North Carolina by John Mathias Bernhardt. It is one of the largest family owned and operated marketers of fine wood and upholstered furniture in the United States. Committed to high business standards and the principles of fine craftsmanship, the Bernhardt family has led this American enterprise to its current ranking among the top U.S. furniture companies in annual sales worldwide.

John was destined for adventures and left Lenoir as a young man and landed in territory that would later become the state of Oregon. There, he found a job as a government surveyor assisting settlers in the wild frontier. After three years he returned to Lenoir and found work as a logger and timber cutter, though a hard way to make a living his diligence paid off, as he became supervisor at the Caldwell Land & Lumber Company. John’s vision was apparent then as he was able to convince his company to build the first railroad into the mountains, so that it would be easier to harvest and transport the abundant timber in the area.

His entrepreneurial spirit took hold and he began starting his own companies. First, he started his own sawmill and began buying timber. Then in 1889 he organized a company to manufacture furniture out of the native white oak. Bernhardt's vision ultimately led him to connect with distributors and merchants in large cities such as Chicago and New York City in order to supply sturdy oak bedroom furniture to people who lived as far away as the Rocky Mountains. This eager North Carolina entrepreneur began making an impression on the urban businessmen who would ultimately come to know his reliability and integrity.

Bernhardt’s grasp of possibilities outside his locality and his willingness to work hard enabled his young company to survive and grow. As Bernhardt honed the skills of its craftsmen, the company earned a reputation for making high-quality furniture that was both durable and beautiful. Known for intricate oak-grain finishes, Bernhardt sold thousands of sturdy chests and tables costing less than $4 each. Cabinets and cases were stacked like bricks and loaded into freight cars for transport to cities across America.

Bernhardt Today

The Bernhardt Furniture Company remains a strong presence in the furniture sector and still places high value on old-fashioned intangibles such as perseverance, loyalty, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. Known for its design excellence, Bernhardt has garnered a host of prestigious design awards from industry experts and the media. Among the more notable achievements, the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) has recognized the excellence of Bernhard's designs with multiple Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards. Continuing in its tradition of associating itself with quality partners, Bernhardt was selected by Martha Stewart in 2001 to produce a line of licensed furniture, “Martha Stewart Furniture with Bernhardt”, a selection Martha based on Bernhardt’s sound reputation in the trade, and its long history of integrity and quality.

New Product Introductions for 2011


Never one to rest on its name or laurels, Bernhardt Furniture continues to design and craft new and exciting collections of beautiful quality furniture. For 2011, there are two new collections.

Artisan Estate is a sophisticated approach to classic Tuscan design. It has hand-planed and distressed plantation grown mahogany veneers in a Burnished Sage finish of warm earth tones. A timeless blend of rich, patinated iron and leather lends a refined air.

Somerset Hill captures the refined charm of 19th century design. A highly distressed French wax lends an antiqued look to the plantation grown mahogany veneers in a Clove finish. Natural rattan, leather and bronzed metal adds an air of authenticity.

Five Things to Look For in a New Home

When buying a new home there are certain things that you should look for, depending on your situation. Singles or career minded couples would be looking for different things than a family would, for example, but there are a few general things that everybody should look out for. When buying a home to start with it is easier to enlist the help of a conveyancing company who will handle all the legal issues. You will have to pay conveyancing fees but it is well worth it and saves you handling complicated legal matters yourself.


Probably one of the most important things is the location of your potential new home. The first thing to consider is whether it is convenient to your workplace. If it is some distance from where you work then how easy is it to get there. Make sure that the house is close to either public transport or the travel time by car is not unachievable. If you have children you will have to consider the proximity of the house to schools and you will also need to be able to access supermarkets, healthcare centers, sporting facilities and community centers. Singles or couples may also be interested in the location of the home in regards to entertainment and restaurants.

Floor Plan

Have a good look at the floor plan of the home and make sure it is a good fit your family or other members of the household and that it will offer enough space for your belongings. The other thing to check is whether the home will suit your lifestyle. If you entertain a lot you would be looking for a home that has a great entertaining area outdoors and a large open plan living area inside. A big kitchen works well for both families and those that enjoy entertaining. Finding great quality dining room furniture for your entertainment and family needs is easy when you can browse hundreds of options using an online retailer. Check out the many options that you can find at Carolina Rustica. If you have children, having more bedrooms would be important and perhaps having the master suite at the other end of the house away from the kids.


Check out the neighborhood and make sure it is safe and that you would be happy living there. You might want to find out what your neighbors are like. For a family, it would be appealing to live in a quieter neighborhood and one that has other families living in it. Singles might prefer a more busy and lively area, close to a city center.

Up Keep

Look at how much work you will need to do to up keep the look of the home. If it has a large garden then you will either need to be prepared to maintain the garden, which can take a lot of work, or have the money to pay a gardener. If you spend most of your time at work and out with friends then you could prefer to live somewhere that requires little maintenance, such as an apartment, condo or town house.


Something to consider when looking for a new home is how much storage space it has. Having plenty of storage is a valuable asset and as most people accumulate a lot of possessions it can mean a tidier home if you have somewhere to put things away.

New Collections From Linwood Furniture

The Linwood Furniture Story - Real American Beauty

When everyone was moving manufacturing to China for the cheap labor, they said no, we're staying in North Carolina. At Linwood Furniture in Lexington, North Carolina, bench-made furniture is still the standard and not the exception. All of their solid wood bedroom and dining room suites are made the way they’ve been made in the USA for years-with pride and durability in every piece.

Their quality story starts with the solid wood they use and ends with some of the most beautiful finishes in the industry. When you purchase Linwood, you are getting furniture built the way they think it’s supposed to be built.

With a completely vertically integrated production facility that allows for unprecedented product quality and with a commitment to promoting sustainable timber practices, Linwood’s furniture uses only locally selected American hardwoods sourced within a short distance of Lexington, North Carolina, by Kepley-Frank Hardwoods.

At Linwood Furniture, they are very proud to say that they are an American made furniture manufacturer.

Common Features

  • Mortise and Tenon Joint construction
  • Corner Blocked for strength
  • Fitted back panels framed by the top, sides and bottom
  • English dovetail drawer construction on front and back
  • Smooth drawer interiors are sanded and each drawer features 7/16’’ sides and back with a 3-ply wood bottom
  • Headboards on all sleigh beds have finished backs
  • Each piece reflects a multi-step-finish process that includes a final method of hand rubbing and waxing that achieves a rich finish
  • Hardware is designed and selected to enhance the attitude and style of each collection
  • Wood bed rails are shipped with all beds as well as hardwood bed slats

Key Attributes

  • Fully framed dust proofing
  • Solid wood-on-wood treated drawer guides
  • Touch hinge lighting on select pieces
  • Finished tops on all Armoires
  • Case levelers on select pieces
  • Drawer stops on all drawers
  • Cedar lined bottom drawers in select pieces
  • Felt lined jewelry drawers in certain pieces
  • Solid wood mirror supports
  • included with all mirrors
  • Hidden storage is featured in several pieces
  • Felt lined silver tray on select pieces

Introducing the New Collections

The Baisley Park Collection

The Baisley Park collection is influenced by the Arts & Crafts design movement a hundred years ago that was a backlash to the mass production of the Industrial Revolution. This design era was a celebration of true craftsmanship and reflected simple, elegant lines without heavy ornamentation. It’s crafted in solid cherry, from locally grown Appalachian hardwoods and updated for a new generation. It's finished with a hand rubbed, not sprayed on like most imported furniture, warm brown finish and style changes now include dramatic angles, subtle curves and bold straight lines.

The Keswick Manor Collection

Inspired by the graceful lines from a 19th century English dressing chest, the Keswick Manor collection is simple elegance brought to life. These bedroom pieces have been designed with a timeless simplicity and easy styling from European architectural moulding. Smooth corners and moldings, doors and drawers all give Keswick Manor its relaxed, yet classic feel.
Crafted of solid American Maple hardwoods by the expert craftsman at Linwood, the collection is available in two distinct hand rubbed finishes – Aged Lined, which is a painted cream with brown distressing and English Tea, a warm soft brown finish and includes antique European brass styling hardware.

Sustainable Forestry

Linwood Furniture, Inc is proud to be a certified Appalachian Hardwood Consumer by the Appalachian Hardwood manufacturers, Inc (AHMI). Linwood Furniture, Inc manufactures its products from a hardwood forest that is verified as meeting present needs without compromising those of future generations, as defined by AHMI.