As you can imagine we get lots of requests for new products. Near the top of the list is a request for a large round ottoman, often referred to as a cocktail or coffee ottoman. So in response we've created the Genoa Cocktail Ottoman. It's 42-inches in diameter and works perfectly in place of a coffee table. Of course we would never settle for a boring round ottoman, so this design has several flourishes. The padded top is tufted with 9 buttons, surrounded by a pleated skirt running around the circumference.
The Genoa is just our initial foray into ottomans. In the future we will be introducing a smaller design (probably around 24-inches) as well as offering traditional ottomans for our club and wing chairs. We're committed to expanding our product line in to new areas. Right now we have a poll on our Facebook page asking for votes on what new products our customers would like to see. As of this posting it looks like upholstered headboards have a wide lead. If there is something that you would like us to make--speak up, we want to hear from you!
We've added a couple of new blue fabrics today with decorating a beach house in mind. Recently a customer sent in her own fabric in similar colors so that we could make some chairs for a beach house. We were really impressed with the way they turned out. It's too bad we didn't take any pictures to share.
The new fabrics are called Tanya Harbour Blue and Tanya Bimimi Blue. They're both 100% cotton and have a nice tight weave that gives them some texture. Although many people consider pastels the perfect color for beach decor, we think these darker solids will work well, especially since they have a washed look.
Tanya Harbour Blue
My wife was browsing through the July issue of Southern Living and a group of parsons chairs in one of the articles caught her eye. They looked almost identical to the chairs we make at Carrington Court. Now, there are a lot of manufacturers that make parsons chairs, but there are always subtle differences from company to company. So we looked in the back in the sources section and to our surprise--they are our chairs.
This has happened in the past in other magazines, but it is always a nice surprise to have something you made featured. The designer Jill Boothby did an awesome job and she has a beautiful house. She also has a lot of great tips. It's good to know that the chairs are going to be used day-to-day and not just for a one time photo shoot. Check out the article (31 Style Secrets from a Design Pro) starting on page 51. When the July issue shows up on the Southern Living website, I'll post a link.