Ethan Allen Furniture – American Style and Craftsmanship since 1932

When I was a very young woman I remember accompanying my Mother to our local  Ethan Allen store to help her pick out new furniture for her living and dining rooms.  Then many years later she accompanied me to pick out my first sofa for my first apartment.  I chose the most elegant loveseat with the perfect fabric and boy did I think I had arrived when that sofa arrived!  And now as an interior designer,  I travel to Ethan Allen with my clients to assist them with their furniture needs.   Oh and that furniture Mom and I bought at Ethan Allen a million years ago?  Well its all still thriving…just last week I repainted Moms 6 Queen Anne dining chairs the most perfect shade of cream yellow to bring them into the 21st century and my loveseat from 25 years ago has been reupholstered and now resides in my master bedroom.  Good style never dies and great quality lasts a lifetime.

Exciting new American Colors line.

Ethan Allen, (named after the revolutionary war hero who played a major role in getting Vermont admitted as the 14th state), was established by two gentlemen 80 years ago in Beecher Falls, Vermont.  Today it is a premier American Brand with over 280 stores all over the world!   This being their 80th anniversary the company is launching its American Colors line which is inspired by the various hues and regional sensibilities across the USA!  Think of the warm tones of a desert sunset; the turquoise skies of the pacific; a canopy of green trees in Savannah; and the indigo and sandy colors of my New England shoreline.  There are 11 delicious colors and 13 various finishes offered for this line and all sure to refresh and inspire.  The entire line is Made in the USA!

Ethan Allen’s upholstery facility is in Maiden, North Carolina and the case goods are manufactured in Orleans, Vermont where  they obtain the wood  from managed forests.  The lighting and many accessories are made in Passaic, New Jersey.   Skilled craftspeople work on every step of a customers order from assembly, sanding, painting, upholstering and stitching.    OK so enough talk.  The proof is in the product….I am really excited to show you these fabulous made in America furnishings!

BEDROOMS:

The Keller bed

A burst of saffron transforms this Shaker style – Barret bed.

The Shelby bed shown here in twin.

Great options for the young men of the house – Quincy beds in Marine blue.

Beautiful daybed/trundle.

Want to tone it down? How about this elegant look with french white upholstered headboard, linens and a robin’s egg blue Julian chest.

LIVING ROOM:

Retreat sectional with the William coffee table

Sidekick bunching tables in Sunflower and Turquoise.

A slip covered Cheshire sofa, accent artwork, and Sidekick tables.

American Colors catalog page

I love this Villa library unit.

DINING:

The Berkshire fan back chairs seen here in some American color options.

Color and finish options.

ART & ACCESSORIES:

Statue of Liberty and American flag artwork.

Wall art designed with the new American and Fresh Colors.

Hardback colored shades & lamps coordinate with the look as well.

Hand painted pillows made in Passaic, New Jersey

Baskets, mirrors and artwork for the final touches.

I want to thank Karen Gill, design consultant from the Natick, Massachusetts store – email: kgill@natick.ethanallen.com.  She has been my on sight interior design counterpart at Ethan Allen for many years and has never failed to provide thorough product knowledge as well as great ideas for fabric and finish choices.  Karen provided all the details and many of the images for this post.  The actual product line will launch in stores nationwide in December!   For more information or to locate a store near you go to www.ethanallen.com
As always,  happy designing and happy shopping made in the USA! Linda

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Bright Chair Company – Stylish, quality furniture made in New York

The Bright Chair Company started back in 1927 as an upholstery shop  in New York City.  Current President and owner, Stan Gottlieb’s father purchased it in 1959 and today it remains one of the few  family owned and operated furniture manufacturers in the USA.    Located in an old mill building in Middletown, New York,  the Bright Chair Company manufactures its exclusive furniture designs with the time honored, bench made quality and craftsmanship that has made the company such a success  today.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Stan Gottlieb in The Bright Group showroom at the  Boston Design Center.  In addition to  their stylish Bright furniture, all made in the USA,  they have a wonderful line of carefully curated vendors consisting of lighting,  furniture pieces, sculptural accent tables, mirrors, art and with just a few excepts everything in the showroom is made in the USA!

As an interior designer, I am always on the hunt for style, craftsmanship,  and that je ne sais quoi that will wow my clients.  Well,  I found it all.   Here are some of my top picks for seating and lighting.

Let’s have a seat! 

The Elana – Designed by Doug Levine for the Bright Chair Company.

The Elana in a rich velvet mohair.

I love the clean lines and elegant silhouettes of these pieces. 

The Gosha arm chair designed by Doug Levine.

Now, this is my kind of wing chair.  The Van wing and ottoman.

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The mini Van chair.

The Vanessa slipper chair.

I must have this Elana Bench.

The Sharon Bench.

One of the curated vendors that The Bright Group carries is Evan Lewis who is an award winning sculptor out of Chicago, Illinois.  About ten years ago he started making sculptural furniture for The Bright Group.  Here are just two of my favorite pieces by him.

Love this accent table/art piece and this Tula bench with hand-forged steel and the upholstered seat!

Let there be light!  Charles Loomis Lighting produces a line of glass blown lighting fixtures in Kirkland, Washington.  Their line of eye catching, sculptural pieces can be seen in hotels, retail stores and residential settings.

The Stix ceiling mount by Charles Loomis Lighting at The Bright Group.

The Stix sconce.

The Pallina ceiling mount.

Look at the drama of this Organza ceiling piece below.

The Organza ceiling mount.

To get more information on any of the items posted you can access The Bright Group through an interior designer or architect at The Boston Design Center or you can utilize the plush program at the Boston Design Center to access the showroom on your own.  Happy designing!