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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.


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.


Deal of the Week!! SOLD!

Sorry, it’s sold.

First 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.

Okay, this is exciting! This week’s deal is a sofa, and a great sofa at that!! This is what’s called an apartment sofa – it’s not super wide, but it is pretty deep. It’s a classic tight-back english arm frame – a timeless style with the perfect pitch. It sits on turned legs capped off with casters – a great little detail. It’s slipcovered in an all cotton print and has a pretty mini pleated skirt, all topstitched, and down in its two throws.

This is a great sofa….mostly. And now for the cons – don’t worry they are not terrible cons, just the kind that you should take note of.

1. There’s a tear in the skirt, a discreet, patchable tear. The kind that if you left it un-fixed no one would ever notice. I’m including a photo of this little defect – see below.

2. This is a thin-ish cotton print fabric slipcover. This is not necessarily a full-on issue for everyone, but if you are rough on your furniture, have five teenagers who waller, or maybe have a destructive pet, this might not be the best choice – At least maybe not in a well used family room or frat house. This slipcover might be better suited for a formal sitting room, a bedroom, a quiet space. But on the other hand, if you want to use this sofa on your party barge, then I say go for it.

3. We are pretty sure this is more of a dry-cleanable slipcover than washable.

Now, on a positive note, I’d like to suggest an option for those of you i might have just scared off. This is a fantastic sofa (i can say this because I’ve had this same frame for 13 years). And it’s at a great price! If you love the frame and are scared of the slipcover – just order a slipcover from us in your dream fabric.

Need dimensions? Here ya go – 73″ wide, 42″deep, 34″ tall


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Original price –  $3290  sale price – $900. Easy breezy.

Deal of the Week! (and some news) SOLD!

Sorry, It sold.

First off, we are going to sneak a little official business into this post. As you all probably know Labor Day is this Monday, and Simple Things is celebrating by taking a little break from our labors. So, we will be closed starting tomorrow thru Monday. Like you, we want a little rest and some time to spend with family and friends. We hope you enjoy your weekend.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s dispense 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.

Okay, go ahead and pick up the phone. This week we are offering up an amazing chair! This particular frame is, very possibly our favorite chair ever, or at least in the top 3. It’s a classic english arm chair. It’s upholstered in a pretty conservative and neutral floral – don’t be scared by the floral thing – this is a good one. Have you called yet?!? Okay, here’s some more – this chair has the perfect pitch, a down back and a down and spring deep seat – which means you sink into it and never wanna leave. You can settle in with a newspaper (people still do that, you know), you can snuggle up with a child and read a book, you can lean you head back and take a nap. Need I say more?

The cons on this chair….or rather, the con might be the fabric. It’s a thin-ish linen, so maybe not the best choice for a rowdy family room. But maybe your family isn’t the rowdy sort. Slap it in formal, a bedroom , or the maids quarters

Why are we dumping this amazing chair? There’s a great reason really – we are filling up for fall. In the coming weeks, starting, well, yesterday, new stuff will be rolling in – some really cool stuff.

So, pick up that phone!



original price – $1899   sale price – $500


Deal of the Week! SOLD!!!


Sorry! It sold already .

It’s time!!!

Let’s get the dull part over 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’s deal is of the vintage sort. All you francophiles need to listen up! We are offering up a pair of french opera chairs. They have been with us for quite a while, so we decided to say bon voyage.

They are pinkish rosy colored – those of you that like pink would love them, those that are anti-pink can reupholster them. The have a pretty little wood frame that has some nice carved detailing. To top it off they are trimmed out with nailhead. Structurally, one of them is a little wonky – specifically the back, but what do you expect? I told you they were old. Use them in a bedroom or bathroom, set them at a vanity or desk, pull them up to a breakfast table, or let them sidle up to a console. What I’m trying to say, with very little eloquence, is you can use them in a lot of spots.


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original price – $199 each    sale price – $50 each!!

Deal of the Week!! Sold!!! All of them!

Sorry! They are all sold!!

Okay, I’ll get right to it, but first – the rules:

First, 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.

This time it’s pillows! Pairs of pillows. Not just ONE pillow AND not just ONE pair. We have THREE pairs!! THREE pairs to suit a variety of styles. All of the pillows are zippered stuffed with a down insert, so they are soft and squishy. Just give us a call and tell us which pair you want. First three pillow wanters get them (- and before you say anything, I know that wanter isn’t a word.)

So here are the pics :

Pair #1  – red crewel embroidered, knife egde – for those that don’t know their pillow terminology, that means no trim, just plain ol’ edges. the backs are contrasting with a toffee colored linen blend.

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Pair # 2 – More formal looking blue fabric with a gold, ever so slight metallic stitching. velvet trim and backing. Fancy/Schmancy pattern.

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Pair #3 – Pink velvety with a very subtle leopard sorta print. Also has a knife edge – do you remember what that means? Good. These might even be washable, we’re not sure.

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Okay these are a great deal! Originally these pairs ranged from $400 to $600 for each pair.

How much now?  $50 for each pair! 2 for 50. not all of them. Each pair. Got it?? Now call!


Deal of the Week – SOLD!! Finally.

Sorry- This one is gone.

Once again I’m running a tad bit late with the Deal of the Week, so I will try and be as brief as I am capable of being.

First, 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.

This week is another first for us, a pair of counter stools. These are the result of a bit of a goof-up. It happens to all of us, so there’s no need for judgement. Now please pay attention here.

The details – really nice details:

Quite elegant American-built counter stools

Whitewashed oak.

Metal trim on front foot rail.

Italian leather in a soft Champagne.

Nail heads spaced in a polished nickel.


I know, you are wondering where the goof-up comes in. Well, here it is – And it’s very important that you read this part :

**** These stools are a very small scale. No big men are going to like these. Heck, hardly anyone would except for the munchins from Oz. So, for goodness sake, look at these dimensions. You do not want to end up stuck with these stools. Trust us, we speak with experience.

You gotta have the right space and need. Got it?

Okay, so here are the dimensions. Are you paying attention? The last measurement is the kicker.

Seat is 25″ high

Back is 41″ high

Seat dimension is 14″ x 16″ – that’s kinda small – and something to consider.






Original price : $1500 each  = $3000          sale price – $200 each = $400



A Brief Encounter with Perfection

Stuff rolls through our dock doors every day, really cool stuff. We all stand and ogle it and wish it was ours, and I guess, for a short time at least, it is – until one of you comes in and gives it a home. But this sofa, it was a custom order – which means it comes and goes without giving us time to enjoy it. It caused quite a stir when it rolled into the warehouse.

This is not one you see very often – a leather upholstered chesterfield, in the most amazing leather you’ve ever seen. It’s a Cisco Brothers sofa – they call it Edith (if you want to see the tye-dye version of Edith, take a gander at this previous post – we loved this one too.) It’s a remarkable piece of furniture on its own, but man, when you slap some leather on it, it becomes a work of art. It’s a classic. It’s perfect. It’s Brideshead Revisited meets Downton Abbey meets… well, something else really cool.

We hardly had time to unwrap it before they were coming to pick it up. In fact, these pictures were taken right on our front porch while a team of delivery guys stood behind me, fingers tapping, waiting to put it in their truck. We watched it go with heavy hearts.

Now, don’t worry, this little story has a happy ending. We loved this sofa so much that we may have ordered one just like it for our showroom – one we will get to have for a spell. We have to wait for it though. It will be a while before it appears at our back door – this level of perfection takes time.





Deal of the Week!

It’s time!

Let’s get this part over with first – 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 gonna unload some Bella Notte bedding. We LOVE Bella Notte! The best linens out there – batch dyed in amazing colors and textures. Beautiful colors! When the new colors come out we are always very excited and promptly place an enthusiastic order. Sometimes we forget to think before acting – this deal is the result of one of these times. The new color was black. We like black….in some places, just not everywhere. You see, Simple Things is famous for our beds, specifically our white beds. White beds are perfect for our store. Black beds – not so much. Have you been to our store before? Black beds do not belong here. They just don’t. What can I say, we were experimenting. It just didn’t work out, and now we are breaking up with black bedding.

So, for all you black bedding fans out there we offer you our deal of the week. The first is a lace covered bolster – a long bolster pillow, the kind that might sit at the end of the bed. Amazing silky lace –  beautiful lace. But, it’s black. Black lace. It’s got to go.

But wait, there’s a bonus! We are throwing in a pair of euro shams in a soft washed velvet in …..wait for it …black. Very simple style, plain knife-edge case with pearl button closure. But on these, you don’t get the pillow inserts. Did you get that? On the two euro shams – no pillow forms, just the covers.

Okay, please take this stuff away.





Original price :  bolster – $318, euro shams – $167 each,   grand total – $652

sale price : all three pieces – $200


Deal of the Week – SOLD!!

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.


After much debate this week, we finally arrived at a decision. We settled on this rug ottoman. It’s a one-of-a-kind ottoman upholstered with an antique rug – warm terra cotta, pale ochre and browns. It is trimmed with leather cording. The turned legs have casters (we all love a good caster), and they are finished with a washed driftwood kind of a color. It’s a pretty good sized thing – not foot stool sized. Dimensions – ” 52 wide, ” 30 deep, ” 16 high. We have been using it as a coffee table – it makes a perfect coffee table.

So, if this thing is so great, why are we trying to unload it? Well, we did some rearranging this week, moved some stuff around. And by some stuff, I mean all the stuff. At the end of all the stuff-moving, we were all staring at this homeless ottoman. And since you can’t just sweep an ottoman under the rug, especially a rug ottoman, we decided to deal-of-the-week it. So, tag – you’re it – find a place for this thing.





original price – $1799   sale price – $600

Deal of the Week – Part 2! – SOLD

Here we go again!

Up next is a rug. And this is not just any rug. It’s a Dash and Albert indoor/outdoor rug – which means its pretty tough. It can handle the weather and elements of an outdoor life OR the chaos and elements of an indoor life – i.e. pets, kids, spills. So, should there be any mishap you can just take it outside and hose it down – if only all mishaps could be handled that way.

This particular rug has a nice all-over pattern in a medium sort of bluish-y color. So, a nice little pop of color without being obnoxious. It is 5′ x 8′.





original price – $589   sale price – $150


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