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A Bittersweet Tale

This week our blogpost is a sentimental one, for this week we say goodbye to one of our own. She has been a great friend to us. She has stood beside us for the last 6 years – through some rather trying times, namely the remodel. She’s been at every meeting, been witness to so many decisions, to celebrations, to Simple Things history. She has seen some ugly arguments and debates over paint color, logo design, roof color, window placement. She has been here for birthday parties, hasty lunches, an occasional unhealthy breakfast. She has been a great supporter (quite literally, really). And through all of this, she remained strong and unbiased. Through all of this she sat graceful and silent. I am, of course, talking about our table.

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This dear friend is leaving us.

She came to us 6 years ago via a Belgian dealer that imports European vintage industrial into the US. She is a native Belgian from the capital city of Brussels. Her original job was as a factory work table, which explains her grand size. She is a perfectly ambered long grain pine with turned legs.

(We, however, will always think of her as our Downton Abbey table – as discussed in this recent blog post).

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She has been a fixture at simple things for a long while – at least a long while in the furniture business. Her first appearance was at our christmas display in the old location, – not Granbury, or pre-remodeled Vickery. I’m talking old – University Park Village old.

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After that she found a place of honor in our offices (and in our hearts) as our work/conference/debate table. She’s been strewn with floor plans and samples of every building material you can imagine. Customers have chosen their sofa while sitting at this table. Employees have had multiple meals here, customer and employee children have drawn pictures at this table.

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But as with many friends that come into our lives, they sometimes must move along to the next stage. And this girl is movin’ on up. As of next week, she will be heading to her new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her new owner is absolutely delightful – and I don’t know if we could part with her to anything less.

We don’t think she’ll miss us, since she’s a table and all, but in case you are worried about that, be comforted in the fact that she is going with some good friends: a sofa named antebella, some dining chairs, some english-arm chairs and some wicked cool leather chairs (which i will post pictures of in a day or two). All of these pieces are, of course, reorder-able, but our table…..she is one of a kind perfect.

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Farewell, friend.

New Season – New Fabrics

Every few months we take on the task of ordering a new crop of furniture for the store. It involves us all gathering around the long table by the fabric racks – you know, the 13′ foot table that looks like the dining table in the servants hall at Downton Abbey.

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We start out putting the catalogs out to see our frame choices, we start pulling fabrics and tossing them in a pile. We want a mix of frames – different arms, traditional and modern, formal and casual. We need a selection of fabrics – solids, neutrals, and prints, in linen, cotton, velvet, blends. We toss in a leather or two. we try to get a mix of slipcovers and tight upholstery. It doesn’t end there either. we have to decide about the stain color of any exposed wood. Do we want piping or no piping? How about topstitching – what color? what size thread? We choose nailhead for a few pieces – and there are choices there too – we have to choose color and size. 

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It sounds like fun, right? …..It’s not. Let’s just say we have a lot of personalities that work here, each with their own opinion…..about everything. It can be a volatile combo. it can get ugly. If you come to the table, you come with a tough skin ready to defend your choices. It’s not unlike The Hunger Games.

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In the end though, we are left with a nice stack of fabrics and a full order. Then begins the self-congratulations. And finally the worst part – waiting for it to arrive.

Here’s what we finally came up with this time :

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Why do we torture ourselves in this way you may ask? Well, as trite as it may sound, it’s for you – when you come into our store, we want you to be able to see examples of all these choices and options. We want you to be able to try out chairs, cushion types, tight backs and down cushions. We want you to see frames with solids, stripes, ikats, etc. We want you to see a rumpled washed slipcover and a tight formal velvet. We want to educate you and help you make choices for your home, your space.

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