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Old 02-10-2018, 02:02 PM
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I just finalized a contract to purchase a 3/2 home for myself. Decided to change just about everything out. New living room, dining room, bedroom.

Looking for modern stuff, leather seating, non-heirloom stuff. Low to mid-tier is fine. No kids or pets to beat the crap out of it.

I used to have a connection to get into the industry shows as my former FIL was a manufacturer, but he passed years ago.

Also, I suck at deciding what to buy, so a little assistance with design and layout would be helpful. I've done the NC/High Point thing, but I'm open to it if it will save real $$$.

What says the THT braintrust? I know of at least one member who owns a furniture store, and several who live in the areas of NC known for furniture, even though little is still made there.
Old 02-10-2018, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
I just finalized a contract to purchase a 3/2 home for myself. Decided to change just about everything out. New living room, dining room, bedroom.

Looking for modern stuff, leather seating, non-heirloom stuff. Low to mid-tier is fine. No kids or pets to beat the crap out of it.

I used to have a connection to get into the industry shows as my former FIL was a manufacturer, but he passed years ago.

Also, I suck at deciding what to buy, so a little assistance with design and layout would be helpful. I've done the NC/High Point thing, but I'm open to it if it will save real $$$.

What says the THT braintrust? I know of at least one member who owns a furniture store, and several who live in the areas of NC known for furniture, even though little is still made there.

Congrats on getting the place! Local furniture near me is outrageous. I looked at who made those pieces/sets I like and found them much cheaper online. It gets a lot of crap, but we furnished most of our house with Overstock.com and I have no real complaints. After 2 years everything is still good. Got an oversized $9k leather and brass sectional from a brand in stores locally so we could see the quality first for $3,500.
Old 02-10-2018, 02:55 PM
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Just furnished a new house this past summer. I like to use local furniture stores that carry several brands vs the national retailers.

It’s really easy to get analysis paralysis, I did a ton of research. The houzz forums generally had some good information. We went mid to low-high tier on pretty much everything, trying to keep in mind what pieces we could see ourselves keeping for a long time( dining room, formal living room furniture, etc.)and what peices would be more short lived (trendy accent chairs, couch in the den, etc.) My wife and her decorator did everything as far as the styles and fabrics I was just the check writer, but I can’t stand having cheap furniture in a house so i was my own enemy at times.

Also, know that the markup on furniture is really high. Find someone you like dealing with and that will negotiate.
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It took me a while to get a better handle on furniture...

My advice is to do online research. We found that higher quality furniture was worth the money..

Sits better, looks better, lasts longer....

Plan on ordering what you want. Worth the wait...

We found 35% off list available. Best we did on ordered upholstered was 43% off...

We stayed away from packaged leather in particular...

We figured it out after we realized we were using a Sherrill chair from 1985 and had thrown out many thousands of dollars of furniture in the interim...

YMMV but that is what we found....
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If you want modern go to some place like scandia or in italian place. Take a look at how they set up each room and get ideas for style hints. . Then shop online or just buy what you like.
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Modern - Restoration Hardware has nice stuff. A good mix of modern and traditional.

Find a room/picture you like and buy it.

https://www.restorationhardware.com/.../143005-818047

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