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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Nesting on Main – Concord Massachusetts

If you were to ask me to recommend a retail shop where you would find lots of one-of-a-kind gifts, craftsman jewelry, home accents, and interesting vintage pieces  and you told me that it must be a fun shopping experience that is a feast for the eyes then I would tell you to visit Nesting on Main in historic Concord, Massachusetts.   Nesting on Main is even more inviting since they carry lots of  USA made products with many of them produced by small businesses all over America.

Come on up!

Located at 44 Main Street in Concord you walk up to this inviting  shop much like traveling up to a nest.  It is here you will begin your happy shopping experience with interesting rooms, nooks and corners filled to the brim with goodies.  Three women combined their talents and opened this shop.   The trio of Wendi Snider, Melissa Cox, and Beth Hylan have clearly hit the mark with both the mix of products and the way they display and merchandise every area of the store.

The day I visited Nesting on Main I spoke with Beth Hylan who makes a lovely line of jewelry called Beth Hyland Designs.  She uses vintage papers to make charms, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and  all of her findings and components are American sourced.

Vintage paper charms by Beth Hylan Designs.

I love the crown accent piece and the winged jewelry dishes which are made in Atlanta, Georgia using antique molds.

Nothing updates a space quickly like new pillows.  These large linen/hemp pillows are made in New Hampshire.

Love these antique lampshades which are like a hanging art installation.

Even the smallest items are gems to discover.  These hand felted acorns are made by women in California and Vermont using real acorn tops!

Little cosmetic jars get enhanced with vintage button tops.

If you are fascinated with vintage ephemera: cards, papers, little booklets, tickets, small interesting documents, maps, post cards, etc then this is your store.  How about some musical paper scrolls from the 1800’s.

Lavender Shea soaps made on the west coast.

I would highly recommend this lovely shop.  During the Christmas season they do an outstanding job of transforming it  into a holiday extravaganza!  For more information and store hours, check out their website at www.nestingonmain.com

Until next time happy shopping!