Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Garden Seats

Washington D.C. has come back to life after the long holiday weekend. The streets are busier, the leaves have just a hint of getting ready to turn and we here at the Kellogg Collection are gearing up for our BIG semi-annual sale, starting on September 15th.

One of our very popular pieces here at the Kellogg Collection is garden seats. Garden seats serve many functions for our customers while at the same time are extremely complimentary to what we like to call our Kellogg sensibility.

Here is a piece of furniture whose origins date back thousands of years across continents and cultures and continues to provide excellent functionality and classic decorative design. Here at the Kellogg Collection we carry a number of different styles of seats ranging from a highly decorative pictorial seat to beautiful solid colored glazed pieces. They can add that touch of the Orient to finish off a room or look like a hand-thrown ceramic from a master potter.

Far from being the added decorative accessory for the living room, garden seats are now being used and placed in many spots around the home. Naturally their weather resistant nature makes them perfect for outdoor seating areas on patios and around the pool. They can be end tables, perfect for placing a glass of wine and plate of cheese. They can be that extra seat when friends outnumber cushions.

We advise our customers when assisting them through our design services that garden seats can and are being used in myriad places around the home. Many people now place them in their showers to provide a needed place to sit but they are also great in bedrooms or closets because their size makes them perfect for a small space where you can sit while putting on shoes. The garden seat will never go out of style.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Exclusive Painted Furniture

While most furniture stores stock a variety of items from well-known manufacturers, we are pleased to have relationships with painters and artisans who make exclusive lines just for The Kellogg Collection.

One of our signature collections is our painted furniture -- some pieces are built new, while others are vintage and antique that we purchase and have painted.

One lady does all the painting for us, whether it's for our in-stock collection, or a design and color created especially for a customer's home.

Our pieces are most popular in bedroom settings:

In addition to shelving, end tables, desks and dressers, we also paint headboards:

The painted furniture is available only in our DC store. All of our painted designs are done by hand rather than with a stencil. Our artist also paints everything from lamps to waste baskets, as you can see above. She even does smaller items such as picture frames.

Here are some up-close examples of her work:

Both pieces you see above are mahogany dressers that were made in the '30s and '40s. These pieces serve as the inspiration for the new furniture we design to coordinate with them.

Light blues and greens are our standard colors, but we can mix any custom color you want.

Here are some samples of new pieces we've made, waiting to be painted in your own special pattern: