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Deal of the Week

Well, have we got something great this week. But, take heed, you deal-of-the-week readers that don’t read carefully to the end. There is an important caveat at the end of this eloquently written post.

This week – dining chairs. Leather dining chairs – 10 of them. We are selling them in pairs – so buy one pair, two pair, three pair, etc. Got it? Now for the details, and there is some fantastic detailing here – legs and frame are fully wrapped in aged cognac leather, antiqued brass rivets, and a slightly pitched back that gives the chair a nice line. Its a great looking chair. And now for the kicker – the comfort….. in the words of the great William Shakespeare, “Aye, there’s the rub.” *

The comfort level of this chair on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the greatest, is in the vicinity of a strong 1 – or at least almost 1. Did you get that? 1 = not so good.

This is the perfect chair in these following circumstances:

  • for a unused dining area in a bachelor pad
  • to tuck in a corner for the sake of it’s exceptional beauty
  • to use as rarely used, yet handsome side chairs
  • to offer to an unwelcome guest
  • as a chair for a person who believes strongly in the philosophy of “form over function”
  • as a time-out chair for an unruly child
  • for someone who likes the prickly sensation of one’s legs falling asleep from a highly un-ergonomic chair.

Bottom line : This is an uncomfortable chair.

 

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original price – $399 per pair     sale price – $199 per pair

Sold in pairs only!! 

* A reference to the famous “to be or not to be” speech from Hamlet, and a shameless attempt to impress our favorite british lit prof.

 

The rules! :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

 

 

Deal of the Week

SOLD!! In 46 seconds! a record!

The rules! :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Sorry we missed last week, sometimes the day gets away from us. To make it up to you, we decided to “deal” something pretty cool. This is not something we have had long nor is it something that we are trying to unload. It was next to the counter. We were lazy.

Today’s deal is an ottoman! We haven’t done that in a while. It is a round tufted leather – a really nice leather. Really nice. Italian. It’s purse soft. The color is called “manchester taupe”.  Fancy, huh? It’s a light-ish neutral taupe. You could almost call it a warm grey. In other words, a perfect color. It’s the perfect size for a coffee table at 36″round and perfect height – 18″. I’ll leave it up to you to come up with a great use.

This is a good one. Hurry! Call!

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original price – $1390    sale price – $350

Deal of the Week! SOLD!!

Sorry, it sold….already. A minute and a half.

And yes, before you ask, you have to sit through the rules yet again. :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Rugs.

Vintage.Faded.Worn.Flat.

You know our obsession.

Our understanding of supply/demand economics failed….epically, as we have huge inbound shipments of rugs that will squash us. A lot of rugs – I told you we were obsessed.

So we begin to make room – and as luck would have it for you, we are starting with a great rug. This one is everything we love about our rugs:  subtle soft pinks. muted browns. allover pattern, and a universal size. It’s 100% wool, so it’s tough as nails. Put this anywhere – it just works.

We are selling it cheap to create goodwill amongst the internet gods….and maybe buy a customer for life.

Dimensions – 6’5″ x 9’4″

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original price – $2750    today – $750

Deal of the Week! SOLD!

This is one of those things that when we first met it we were in love. It’s got a creamy white distressed base – we love that kinda thing. A 2″ thick well worn maple top – perfect! A great size. Infinitely versatile – a sofa table, a small kitchen island, a TV holding thing, an entry table – sky’s the limit. And this thing is heavy and rock solid – so if you are the type of person that takes to dancing on your tables – this table, though small for a dance floor, is quite up to the challenge. It has some great detailing that you can only find on old things – heavy metal braces on the legs, holes that supported tools or something handy that we wouldn’t know how to use if it were still there.

So, why are we not feeling the love anymore? We really have no excuse because it’s just a great table. But we have been looking at it for a while now and you know from past deals that we grow weary of stuff. It’s sat near our entrance greeting countless customers for several weeks, so you’ve probably walked right past it yourself. Anyway we decided, yesterday evening actually, that we were ready to part ways with this table. It’s not a nasty break-up, but an amicable end. Your gain….our….. well, gain.

dimensions – 47 1/2 wide, 22 deep, 32 1/2 tall

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original price – $1299   sale price – $500 

 

Deal of the Week!! SOLD!!!

SOLD – less than one minute!

The rules! :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

So, put aside the fact that I originally stated that we would only deal-of-the-week non-damaged goods. Have you done it yet? Okay, this week we have something damaged. It happens.

This was an expensive custom order apartment size sofa. For reasons that are complicated – the buyer immediately changed to a slipcovered linen version. We said it was complicated.

But first the leather story. Imagine a vintage old leather bag that Steve Mcqueen might be seen throwing in the back of his convertible for a weekend escapade. Soft. Supple. Textural. Has the look of age old leather. Rare. Expensive. Imported.

Now, back to us. We then put this expensive hunk of cow onto the floor and it rained soon thereafter. The leak dripped right down onto the sofa, right smack onto one of the seat cushions. And it being some serious cool non-sealed leather and all, well, let’s just say it left it’s mark. This is not a small stain, but it is a relatively discreet stain, noticeable in certain light and by a more type-A personality. But we like things just so, we decided to try and repair it. We googled “get a rain stain off a nubuck sofa” – well, this had me on my knees scrubbing the stain with a piece of bread. Yes, you heard me right. We read that a good bread-scrubbing would knock that stain right out. I mean, it was on the internet, so it must be true, right?……not so much. The next solution was down-right diabolical – “Let’s stain the whole thing!” we said. So we dragged out all the cushion covers and literally hosed them down. No dice. Nope – hosing was not the ticket. And then, we, being short in the attention span department and the patience department, gave up.

So, we offer you this leather sofa. Really nice leather – buffalo leather (that’s the animal, not the city). This sofa is a great size. It’s a smaller scale frame so it can be used a lot of places. The cushions are spring filled down – that means strong and soft and made to last. This is a great sofa…. i mean except for the water stain part.

I think the right person will embrace the stain as character.

Or maybe this person is relieved that the first stain has ALREADY HAPPENED and so the sleeping slobbering dog or unfortunate peanut butter sandwich incident doesn’t really matter anymore. Fear be gone!

And even better, you’d have a great piece of furniture that comes readymade with a great story. What more could you ask for?

dimensions -78″ W, 37″D, 37″H

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original price – $5949!!   sale price – $800!!!!!! (stain’s not lookin’ so bad now, huh?)

Saturday hours….this Saturday.

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Hey there all you Saturday shoppers. We’ve got some important news for you. This Saturday, October 18th, we will be closed. We are all going to be off on a shopping excursion, so there’ll be no one left to man the shop. Hopefully this won’t cause any inconvenience, and hopefully in a few weeks you’ll get to see some cool new stuff in our showroom.

Don’t worry. We will open back up at 10:00am on Monday morning. And our Saturday hours will return to normal next Saturday.

 

 

It’s a Sale!

Hey. Listen up. This is exciting news. We are having a sale.

Sometimes we just get so much stuff in that we just run out of room. Now, we haven’t actually reached that critical mass point quite yet, but it is imminent. So in an effort to keep from busting at the seams in the coming weeks, we decided that a sale was in order.

These items below are not things we hate, not things we are tired of, not things that are damaged. This is good stuff. Really good stuff. And the really good thing about this really good stuff is that you, our loyal blog followers, get to hear about it first. In fact, many of these prices are just here on the blog – not written on the tag in the store…yet.

So, here ya go – Simple Things Semi-Annual / Because-We-Are-Out-Of-Room Sale.

 

IMG_4124  First up, a french roll back chair. Upholstered in linen. Beautiful lines. Perfect in a bedroom, formal room, or anywhere you need a pretty chair. 32″ w, 25″d, 31″h.

original price – $1390   sale price – $500

 

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English arm sofa, beautifully upholstered in a blue grey belgian linen. And look! – it has a little contrast band on the skirt. This sofa is remarkably comfy because of the down seats and back. This, my friends, is one nice sofa.

original price – $4490   sale price – $1990

 

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Okay, for you hipsters out there- Here’s a great looking side chair with an exposed frame. It’s maple with a driftwood finish. The pewter nailhead trim makes it even cooler. 25″w, 28″d, 35″h

original price – $1585   sale price – $750

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Here’s the only ottoman in the sale. It’s is a lightly tufted, blue-ish grey-ish green-ish leather – “mineral” is the official color name. Really beautiful leather – one might call it supple if one used words like supple. It is topstitched – something we have a little weakness for around here. The tapered legs have a nice grey washed finish. You might say this bench is a little modern, cool modern, Madmen modern – Don Draper would definitely like it. 59″w, 27″d, 19″h

original price – $1990   sale price – $690

 

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This is a slipcovered swivel glider with an english arm and down seat and back – in other words, a remarkably comfortable chair.  Washable cotton in a “cheery” color – maybe a little too “cheery” for Simple Things, but perfect for a bedroom, nursery, or, if you lean that way, a “cheery” living room (no judgement.) 31w, 41″d,38″h

original price – $1890   sale price – $890

 

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Another sofa! We love this frame – down seat and back cushions, upholstered in a super soft cotton velvet. This thing is 1940′s Hollywood cool. Marilyn sat on this. Not really.  84″w, 38″d, 35″h

original price – $4190   sale price – $1500

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Okay, this is huge, because we never ever ever put these on sale. But, we went a little crazy with the steel this go round. So, here is one of our industrial dining tables.  The blue-grey steel top is aged to perfection and sealed with a slight sheen. Best part? It sits atop a wicked cool salvaged 1920s riveted metal base – this is heavy metal – Ozzy heavy. It is a big boy too.  84″x 48″

original price –  $3990  sale price – $2750

 

Image-1-1 Talk of dining tables leads me to these dining chairs. Don’t ask why we have these.  A long and winding story of a designer and client that broke up and these were in the crossfire!  They have a 1950′s danish modern thing goin’ on. They are upholstered in a soft green washed canvas. We have several of these guys – some have exposed seams or patches that make them unique and give them a relaxed look. You could use them at a desk or dining table.

original price – $399 each   sale price – $99 each

Dumb price. Buy these.

 

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We love a swivel chair, and this is a great one. An elegant chair – Park Avenue elegant, with a sweeping arm. Waterfall style skirt. Upholstered in a grey-brown belgian linen. Down back. 30″w, 39″d, 33″h

original price – $2270   sale price – $750

 

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Last but not least, a cotton velvet tuxedo sofa. Tufted back. Down filled bench style cushion. Clean lines on a classic frame. Put it in a library, an office, a formal living room, or funk it up – in other words, it’s a versatile style. Its only fault is a chip on one of its legs – but not a bad one, not a deal breaker. 84″w, 34″d, 33″h

original price – $3175   sale price – $900

Okay, it’s a wrap. I recommend, if your interest is peaked that is, that you head on in. The sale items tend to walk out of here pretty quick.

Deal of the Week! SOLD!!

Sorry it sold already. 45 seconds! That’s a record!

The rules! I know, we are all tired of hearing them.

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Okay, pick up your phone now because today we are being nice. This amazing weather has put us in a delightful mood and we want to spread some love. So, this week we are deal-of-the-weeking a fantastic glider swivel chair. We love this chair. We think its comfy, great pitch, clean lines and a squishy down back. We love the fabric – a woven blue and white pinstripe cotton not unlike oxford cloth, AND it’s washable. We love the detail on the slipcover – a little contrast trim on the skirt that keeps it from looking too plain. And we love that it’s a swivel rocker!!  its brand new to us- perfect condition. You heard me right! A swivel rocker!! The kind of swivel rocker that can put you to sleep on a warm fall afternoon next to an open window. That could be you, you know. Today! So pick up that phone! NOW!

dimensions – 21 wide, 34 deep, 35 high

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original price – $1690     sale price – $500

 

Deal of the Week! SOLD!

 

Sorry, it sold already.

Well, here we are again. And, as always we start with the rules :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772. Call. It’s best to call.)
2. No holds. None. We just can’t.
3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Today we are unloading a chair. An armchair to be exact. This is a classic rolled arm chair, and it’s a pretty good sized chair too. It is slipcovered in a washable cotton fabric. It’s a lovely, neutral, grey and cream print – a small scale print. I wouldn’t call it “shabby”, or modern, or traditional. I wouldn’t call it anything. Which sorta brings me to why we are giving it up -I’m bored just talking about it. I bet you have wandered right past it last time you were in the store.

However, because of my soft heart, I’m going to come to it’s defense. This chair, while sorta vanilla, is a great chair. As I already stated, it has a washable slipcover – that alone makes it great. The fabric is a nice looking neutral print that could easily mix with many different colors or styles. It’s a comfy – down back cushion. It’s an unassuming, simple chair – and sometimes that’s great. Sometimes that’s what’s called for. Heck, our store is called Simple Things. We should love this thing. But, alas, we do not. So please take it away.

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original price – 1736    sale price – 500

The Perfect Chair.

One of our most important jobs here at Simple Things is helping to match people to chairs. We do it everyday. We understand this stuff. We live it, breathe it. After 17 years of helping people find the right chair frame, fabric and cushions, we know a good chair when we see one. Plain and simple.

We LOVE a good chair. A good chair can make a a room better. It can comfort you. It is a refuge. It can make a long day shorter. This is important stuff we’re talking about. However, finding a good chair is one of those tasks in life that can seem downright daunting. But that’s not what we are talking about today. No, we are talking about finding the perfect chair, the best chair. Yikes, scary, huh? Well, it’s easier than you might imagine.

When you step into our store and you tell us that you are looking for a comfortable chair – and who isn’t? – this is our first stop, and pretty frequently it’s the last stop.

Enter Lee Industries.

Lee Industries nailed this technology decades ago. This is one of their chairs. It is a frame that our showroom is never without. This is a great chair. Some might say perfect.

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Why so great? Well, glad you asked – though you might not be, because now you have to sit through some bullet points.

1. It has classic good looks. George Clooney handsome. Never out of style AND it plays well with other furniture styles. Beat that.

2. The back pitch is perfect – for reading, napping, tv watching, or staring into the abyss.

3. Inside width can accommodate anyone – a child, a big dog, a pizza box. Or more practically – a full size person curled up to read the paper.

4. It can be slipcovered, but it also looks great upholstered. Our favorite? We like a short slipcover. It’s the best of both worlds – not too shabby, still has its classic lines exposed, and it’s easily cleanable.

5. Drop dead comfortable, but still supportive. This is the go-to chair for coffee, wine, tears, and hour-long texts.

6. American made – we love that.

Hand tied springs. Oak frame. And pretty darn sophisticated cushioning. All this made by the brilliant Lee Industries. They got this down.

Trust us. Get a pair and call it a day.

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