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.

leather-sample-[1]Bring in color samples  – If your room is a certain color or if you have an idea of a color for your room, bring in paint chips or some sort of sample for matching purposes. Don’t have a color selected? No problem! Our design personnel can help you select the best color for your room!

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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!

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
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These are a few of my favorite things…

Since tomorrow is the 4th of July, we wanted to post a few of our favorite things that are red, white, and blue. The 4th of July sale here at High Country is the biggest sale of the year, offering the biggest savings to our customers. There are sale tags everywhere! Now is the time to buy!

This Sundance leather recliner is in a beautiful shade of RED called “portfolio claret.” It was made by a family-owned company in North Carolina. It is available in different leathers – so you can customize the look to your liking. This recliner is sure to be the highlight of your room!

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This parson WHITE linen chair is great at a desk or placed around a dining room table.

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This “chair and a half” accented with the color BLUE looks great at the front of our showroom on Dellwood Road! It has a brindle hair on hide back and leather arms. It is available in different color fabrics and leathers.

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Come shop our 4th of July Sale and maybe you’ll come out with some of your favorite things.

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We’re Distressed…

We’re distressed.

Why, you ask?

Because we like it that way!

Here at High Country, several of the pieces we sell are distressed – meaning that the people who made the piece of furniture scratched it, hit it, and roughed it up before sending it to us.

You may ask, “Why would you distress a perfectly good piece of furniture? You would do this on purpose? Wouldn’t you want a new piece of furniture to look nice and smooth?”

Distressing a piece of furniture makes it appear to be older than it really is – kind of like an antique. Often times, antiques hold value and memories. Antiques represent a moment in history and the work of artisans years ago. The goal of distressing is to make furniture have the same look and sentimental feeling as an antique.

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The process of distressing furniture actually sounds pretty recreational! There are several techniques that are used:

  • Hitting the head of a hammer on the furniture to make a circular dent
  • Striking the furniture with chains
  • Using tools in your toolbox to make scratches on the surface
  • Running a saw blade over the piece of furniture
  • Using your keys to nick up the table

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Often times, stain will be applied after the furniture has been distressed so that the stain can bring out the distress marks even more.

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Are you distressed now? Visit High Country to see some of the distressed pieces in our showroom.

Let There Be Light!

When customers come in to shop for lighting, there are two main topics they ask about: size and placement. It is surprising the number of people who buy a lighting fixture in our showroom and think it is so large but when they take it home, it is smaller than they remembered. Our design center personnel has some tips to prevent this from happening.

For dining rooms, we recommend for customers to measure the width of their dining room table. Then, we tell them to take that measurement and subtract 12 inches from it to calculate the width of the chandelier they should select. When it comes to hanging the chandelier, it should hang about 30 inches above the table top.

For other rooms in your home, we recommend for customers to measure their room diagonally, from one corner to the other corner. If the room is 20 feet, then the diameter of the chandelier should be 20 inches. If the room is 30 feet, then the diameter of the chandelier should be 30 inches. Sound simple? We think so too!

Another frequently asked question is “What type of lighting should I use on my covered outdoor porch?” Damp rated lighting is a necessity for outdoor covered areas. Damp rated lighting protects against moisture, hence why it’s also important to use damp rated lighting in the bathroom.

Here at High Country Furniture & Design, we highly recommend Kalco. Kalco has a variety of lighting options to choose from. They describe their lighting designs as “an original work of art.” Shop our Kalco selection and take advantage of great savings!

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