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Month: February 2010

Baby stages

Baby stages

Sydney & The OttomanI would love to tell you about my first born little girl, Sydney.  She is a rambunctious little 9 month old who is starting to crawl and pull herself up.  Exciting as this stage in her life is, it’s frightening for me that she will fall and hurt herself.  Our coffee table is wood, and has a corner that is sharp for any little toddler.  I fear that she is going to fall on her next exploration of standing and hit her head on the corner; I definitely don’t want her to get hurt.

So my husband and I decided to get a storage ottoman .  We think that this will help ease our minds, as probably most parents do.  And one of the best parts is that it will help us control all of her toys!!  I also think it will be a good idea for her to already get in the habit of putting her toys away at the end of the night, and having an ottoman easily accessible will be great!

Please share with us any of your little baby stories!

Furniture Care

Furniture Care

Now that you’ve received your new furniture, you’ll want to make sure that take good care of it so that it will last for years to come.  Below are some helpful hints to ensure your furniture’s well being.  Always read and follow care label instructions from your actual piece of furniture first.

Furniture Care

For Upholstered or Slipcovered Furniture

  • Do not leave spills unattended.  If you have a spill, try spot cleaning.
    • Spot clean with a damp cloth or sponge; blot to remove excess water; air dry.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Do not place hot objects on surface.
  • Vacuum and rotate cushion periodically
  • If you have a Washable slipcover. Refer to additional Care Sheet
  • Do not leave newspaper or other printed material lying on surface

For Wood or Solid Surfaces

  • Dust with a soft dry cloth
  • Do not leave spills unattended
  • Do not use abrasive cleaner.
  • Avoid direct sunlight to avoid fading
  • Use furniture wax if needed
Vegas Market Feb ’10

Vegas Market Feb ’10

Hi everyone, about twice a year we attend the World Market Center in Las Vegas, NV.  No, this isn’t just a fun trip, but we make some great connections with vendors and get cool ideas on trend.

World Market Center

Some of the great things we experienced were Shiatsu massage chairs.  OMG, they are wonderful!  The chairs have so many options on what type of massage it gives you, feels almost like a real masseuse is there with you.  It was a sight to see, all of us from our company getting a massage in the Berkline show room.  But if that is what it takes to get to know our products, we are happy to oblige!  After experiencing them, I can guarantee, that they are definitely worth the investment!

In addition to getting to know our products, we get a firsthand look on trend.  Trendy turquoise (again), Glossy finishes, mixed materials, lodge living, natural elements, and antique inspired products dominated the market.  Here are just a few items we already have that fit the trends!

Turquoise: Pulaski turquoise chest and Surya Pillow

Glossy: Modloft Eldridge Entertainment Center and Alphaville Ess Chairs

Mixed Materials: Bernhardt Chateau Rustique Table and Hillsdale Northhaven Bar Stool

Lodge Living: Lea Kids Jackson Creek Bookcase Bed and Momeni Aspen Rug

Natural Elements:  Padma’s Plantation Trinidad Bed and Bahama Breeze Chair

Antique Inspired: Howard Miller Wall Clock and Lea Kids Emma’s Treasures Metal Bed

Get to know us

Get to know us

Welcome to Furniture Crate’s new blog; klein on design!

My name is Michelle Klein, and I’m the merchandiser/buyer for Furniture Crate.  A little background about me… I was born and raised in Minnesota and lived in a home surrounded by my mom’s books and projects on home decor.  I was actually more into fashion and sewed and designed clothes since I was 10.  After college, I moved here to Michigan 9 years ago to start working for a “mass merchant ” chain in the buying department.  That gave me a chance to work with world famous designers in New York, Chicago, and beyond.  Even though I’ve been exposed to product and furniture design professionally, my heart has always been a home decor enthusiast.

Now, while working with world class web design and internet professionals, there couldn’t be anything better and this is the best job I could hope for.  With this blog, we hope to share with you about products and ideas here at Furniture Crate, but also some fun personal stories about us in the process.