Inspiration and Ideas From Our In-House Experts & Customers

Introducing the Genoa Cocktail Ottoman

Genoa Cocktail OttomanAs 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!

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It's about time

For many years I've wanted to start a blog to keep our customers informed. I always delayed this because I wanted to do it right. I're thinking how hard is it to start a blog? My reluctance was not due to technical issues or the amount of difficulty in starting one. My main concern was being able to do it right. I don't want this blog to be something where we (the Carrington Court employees) make a post every few months. I want a communication tool that we can both share information about what we see day-to-day making furniture as well as what our customers are doing. To do it right, you have to devote a lot of energy and we're finally at that stage. So, what can you expect? Well, you'll get the standard news and product announcements, but we also plan to share interesting decorating ideas, design news and trends as well as show off some of our customers creations. Believe me when I say that our best ideas come from our customers. We're always getting requests for design tweaks, running across interesting fabrics sent in by our customers and receiving stories about decorating triumphs (and tragedies). Not only is this interesting, but it is often valuable information, allowing you to learn from others. We also want to hear from you. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. Don't be shy, but if you have a question you wanted answered offline, give us a call at 828.396.1049 or email If you're reading this, then there is probably not a lot to see being that this is our first post. Check back often. We'll be updating several times a week. Thanks for stopping by... Brad Haas

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Perfect Blues for a Beach House

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

Tanya Bimimi Blue

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Parsons Chairs Featured In Southern Living

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.

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The Nantucket Parsons Chair

As I mentioned previously in my post Perfect Blues for a Beach House, we had a customer that sent in some fabric for chairs to place in a beach house. We liked the colors so much that we decided to find something similar to offer our customers. It was a shame that we didn't get some pictures before her chairs shipped out, because not only did she have great taste in fabric, but also put together a chair design that was stunning. After we added the fabrics to our line, we decide to go all the way and add a new chair to match. The Nantucket Parsons Chair is a combination of several styles that we've offered for a while. It has a scrolled back and a banded, kick-pleat skirt. You have the choice of using a contrasting fabric for the border which runs around the seat and the back. While this chair was envisioned for a beach home--you can select from hundreds of fabrics that will allow you to add it to almost any environment.

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