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Upholstery Opinion: Craftmaster

Upholstery Opinion: Craftmaster

By Nancy Elpers   The furniture industry is ever changing. The styles and colors are sometimes trending for mere months, and other times will be popular for a decade. However, there is always a courageous designer with interesting concepts that will exhibit what they hope to be the next trend at the annual International Home Furnishings Market held in High Point, North Carolina.   High Point is a “niche” city with over 180 buildings housing over 2,000 furniture and mattress manufactur ....

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Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

By Nancy Elpers Our showroom is ever changing for the holidays with trucks arriving daily. Our warehouse is full, but most important, our design associates are waiting to help you!    Walk through your home, room by room and make a list of what you would like to add or change in each room. Snap a few pictures and let’s prioritize the rooms.   If Great Aunt Bertha has complained at every family function about your guest room mattress, then depending on how much you like her, the guest r ....

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Low Prices at Horton's?!?

Low Prices at Horton's?!?

By Nancy Elpers   Let’s just put it out there, address the elephant in the room, so to speak. Why are Horton’s Furniture & Mattress prices higher than some other stores in Wichita?   When Frank and Francis Horton started this business in 1946, they sold high-end furnishings considered expensive at the time. They knew they wanted to sell top quality, well-made furniture and prices corresponded with that desire. Is it for everyone? No. Can everyone afford to purchase custom-made furnitur ....

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Have You Driven a Fjords Lately?

Have You Driven a Fjords Lately?

By Nancy Elpers That title isn’t a typo. It’s a play on words a car maker used throughout the 1980s and up until 1998. You recall the brand? For us, it’s referring to a manufacturer whose ergonomic upholstery products we think are worth a test-drive by you (let your body be the judge)!   After 33 years with Horton’s Furniture & Mattresses, I have seen styles and color trends come and go. Some that stay forever and others that are gone in the blink of an eye.  We bring a few new intr ....

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Decorating for the Holidays...and Beyond!

Decorating for the Holidays...and Beyond!

By Nancy Elpers   Holidays mean getting down to business in the design and furniture industry. We’re not talking centerpieces for your dining table or knick-knacks. We’re talking about the furniture in the dining room itself and your bedroom, living room and other living spaces.   I am not sure if it is all the Holiday movies, or just feeling the need to have a warm and cozy backdrop to bring family and friends together. I feel like your home should always be inviting and a place you l ....

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Upholstery Opinion: Smith Brothers of Berne

Upholstery Opinion: Smith Brothers of Berne

By Nancy Elpers   I am often asked which furniture manufacturer is my favorite. In upholstery, I have several. This month, let me tell you about Smith Brothers. The company is in Berne, Indiana and they have been in business since 1926!   They are true furniture craftsman -- starting with hardwood maple frames and reinforced joints that are assembled by hand.    They have developed a spring edge unit for each seat that is elevated in the front. This makes the seats more comfortable and ....

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Tips for Accessorizing!

Accessorizing - Not this. Do this!

By: Nancy Elpers.   You have your new furniture and it is in your home. You love it, but there is something missing. This is the most fun part of decorating -- the time to accessorize and add the finishing touches to each room. It should be done with careful consideration or you may end up with too much accessorizing clutter, as shown in the photo above.   Ask yourself, “do you want to dress it up or make it a little more casual?”   First things first. Start with the largest items. ....

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Has Spring Arrived in Your Home? By: Nancy Elpers

Has Spring Arrived in Your Home? By: Nancy Elpers

Spring is here! After a long winter, combined with many of us spending more time in our homes due to the pandemic, it is time to refresh and renew your living space.   We’ve been watching endless home makeover shows that make it look so simple, and in reality we all know it just doesn’t happen that way! Below are a few steps that can help with the stress of your home’s makeover.   First, focus your makeover on one room at a time.  Start with the room you feel needs the most attentio ....

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