Meet Brenda, Our In-House Expert Seamstress

Have you ever seen a beautiful picture of a bed set in a magazine and wish it was in your home? Have you ever gone shopping for drapes and didn’t find exactly what you wanted? Can’t find pillows that look good on that sofa you just bought? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you need to meet Brenda.

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Brenda is our in-house expert seamstress who has been at High Country for almost six years. If you ever are in need of custom drapes, bed sets, or pillows, she’s the woman to talk to!

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Brenda has been sewing all of her life. When asked her favorite thing to sew, she says “It’s all a challenge and I love challenges.” If somebody brings in a picture of what they envision for their room, she will say “Let me sleep on it a day or two and I’ll figure out how to do it.”

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Brenda has done many orders for customers. In fact, last winter was the busiest winter she has ever had. Her favorite orders are the ones that have animal print fabrics. High Country is known for having several animal prints in the showroom, so Brenda gets quite a few orders that request animal print fabric.

Take a look at the bed set below. It is in our showroom at the Dellwood location and it only took Brenda three days to make!

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Outside of work, Brenda even sews as a hobby! She makes quilts and has redone her mother’s house. Brenda also loves to bake. Her cakes are so good that people even pay her to make them! Brenda used to make the cakes for the Copper Leaf before Anne’s Attic took over that entire building. She is known for her “3 day coconut cake.” It is called “3 day coconut cake” because you have to wait 3 days before eating it – which is hard to do!

Come into High Country and talk to one of our sales personnel about custom orders. You can select the exact fabric and how you want your order to be made! After Brenda receives the fabric, it takes her on average two weeks to complete the order.

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Brenda has a commitment to making high quality products – which is what High Country is known for. Her motto is “If it doesn’t look good to me, it doesn’t go.”

Can You Pass the Salt and Pepper?

Salt and pepper are two of the most popular spices we use to season our food. If you go to any restaurant, odds are, salt and pepper are already on the table!

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Did you know that salt and pepper are married? You will rarely ever see salt and pepper separated! When someone asks you to pass the salt, it is proper etiquette to pass both the salt and pepper together.

Here’s another etiquette tip for you – never use the salt or pepper before taking the first bite of your meal because you could offend the chef. By seasoning your food before tasting, you could be telling the chef that you do not think they properly seasoned the food to begin with.

Besides using salt to season food, salt also has other purposes. On Maldon Salt Company’s website, they list a few facts and purposes of salt that you may find to be interesting:

  • “At one time salt bars were the standard of currency of Ethiopia”
  • “Sodium is key in the operation of all signals within, as well as to and from, the brain.”
  • “Every cell in the body contains salt”

There are also many interesting facts about pepper that you may not know! Here are some facts from The Great American Spice Co.:

  • “Pepper is the number one selling spice in America”
  • “In the Middle ages a man’s wealth was measured by his stock pile of pepper”
  • “Pepper comes in many colors, green, black, red and white but all comes from the same plant, the color is related to how ripe it is and how it has been processed”

If you are looking for some fun salt and pepper shakers, visit our location in Downtown Waynesville – High Country West.

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Do you like to cook? High Country Furniture & Design is on Pinterest and has 7 boards you can follow – one being “Cookin’ in the Kitchen,” where we post recipes that look appealing to us and that we think you would enjoy. Even though we sell furniture, we are also people who love to eat, just like you!

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A Candle Without a Flame?

Candles are great for creating a warm and cozy feeling in your home. There’s nothing like relaxing by the soft glow of a candle to help you relax after a long day. Here at High Country, we sell Luminara flameless candles. These candles are battery operated and have the realistic look of an open flame candle. They are used in restaurants, hotels, gardens, spas, and more!

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Especially if you have small children or pets, it is a relief to not have to worry about an open flame candle. These candles also have a timer, so you can set them to turn off after a certain amount of time. You will never have to worry about blowing out a candle again!

One interesting fact about these candles is that they are used in Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. The Haunted Mansion is “a spine-tingling tour through an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises.” It is a favorite attraction at Disney. The Luminara candles help set the spooky mood. They look extremely realistic – and of course they do because Disney only uses the best!

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You have a chance to win a pair of Luminara flameless candles, valued at $59 each! When you comment on the picture we posted on Facebook, telling us your favorite part of the showroom vignette we posted, you will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Luminara flameless candles. If you also visit our “The High Country Home” Pinterest Board and repin the picture of this candle, you will be entered again into the drawing – giving you twice as many chances to win! Contest ends Friday, August 8th at noon.

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Say Goodbye to Boring Walls!

Many of us have some walls in our house that are rather plain and boring. We just don’t know what to do with them so we leave them blank. We may try to hang up a frame or two, but we still desire to do something better with our walls. Here are some ideas for decorating those boring walls:

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Mirrors

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Artwork

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Out of the ordinary objects

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For more ideas, come into one of our locations and also visit our newly renovated website!

Remember to Bring…

Want to have a successful furniture buying trip? We want you to come in feeling prepared and come out feeling accomplished. Here are 5 things for you to remember to bring when you come into High Country:

Bring room dimensions –  Before you begin shopping, measure from baseboard to baseboard all around your room. This will help you shop more effectively and you will not have to just guess if it will be too small, too big, or just right!

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Bring pictures of the room –  Before coming in, it is always helpful to take a few pictures of the room that needs furniture. This will help our design personnel understand certain characteristics of the room such as the sizes and placement of windows.

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Bring samples of fabrics or leathers –  If you have an existing piece of furniture that you would like to take into account when buying more furniture or re-designing your room, bring in a sample of the fabric or leather. This will help us to be more exact when helping you shop.

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Bring your floor plan –  If your house is under construction, it is helpful to bring in your floor plan.

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Above is an example of one of our recent design jobs. Interested in learning more about our design services? Check out our website for more details!

Shopping in your PJs

It’s your day off. You wake up around 10a.m., get out of bed, make yourself some coffee and you lounge around in your pajamas. You are wanting to go shopping that afternoon for a kitchen table. But for right now, you’re feeling lazy.

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You open up your laptop and look at your Facebook and Pinterest. You notice that Anne’s Attic posted several photos of new items in their store.

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You begin looking through the pictures and see that they have 3 tables in stock. You don’t even have to worry about inquiring about the price because the price is in the description.

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One of the tables really catches your eye so you get in your car and drive to Anne’s Attic. You enter Anne’s Attic and find the table you saw earlier that morning on your computer. You buy it and then have the rest of your Saturday to relax. That was easy!

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Shopping can be this easy at Anne’s Attic. Take a minute to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow the Anne’s Attic Board on Pinterest. Also, be on the lookout for the launching of our “shop now” feature on the High Country Website soon. This will be a great resource for you to see what we have in stock without leaving the comfort of your home! But as always, feel free to just come in and browse! You never know what you will find!

Porch Sitting

“Porch Sitting” is an activity that many people do just to relax and enjoy being with others. During these summer months, porch sitting is especially nice in the evenings when the sun is going down. There are 3 important things you need for porch sitting.

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  1. You need company. Invite your friends, family, coworkers or neighbors over to your house to enjoy some time of relaxation and catching up!
  2. You need some fresh squeezed lemonade. There’s nothing like the refreshing taste of a glass of cold lemonade after a long, hot day. We recommend strawberry lemonade. Take a look at this recipe!
  3. You need some rocking chairs. That’s where we can help you! Don’t have rocking chairs? No problem! We sell Amish wood rockers, Hinkle Chair Company Slat Seat rockers, and more.

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Visit one of our locations to look at our wide selection!