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Upholstery and Fabric at The Kellogg Collection

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A comfy sofa and a beautifully upholstered ottoman – what more does one need to relax comfortably in a home? Upholstery is furniture that is padded and covered with fabric. With unlimited fabric combinations, it’s a very easy to customize a piece for your home, and we have a few pointers to provide in the decision making process.
 
The first thing to think about is the actual piece you want. You can browse a small selection of our upholstery offerings right on this website; click through for our chairs, ottomans, sofas and loveseats, and a few pieces in our beds & headboards category. Some of these pieces have variable dimensions to fit your space, for example, a shorter loveseat or a longer sofa.
 
Once you have a vision in mind for your piece, the fun begins: selecting a fabric.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

If you plan to keep your upholstered piece in a room for many years, you may want to play it safe with a solid fabric in an agreeable, neutral color. That doesn’t mean you have to use a fabric that is plain or boring. Make up for a neutral color with an interesting texture, or select a fabric with subtle pops of a second or third color:

Mackie sits on a neutral chair that’s made more interesting with a herringbone texture and nailhead trim

Chairs

Thanks to the subtle neutral plaid striping, these red chairs are easier to decorate with.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa. Look by our interior designer Amelia Perez.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children's room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children’s room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

If you’re feeling more daring, cover a piece (or two, or three) with a bold pattern to add personality to a room.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look decorated by Diane Litz.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look by our interior designer Diane Litz.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

The best thing about upholstered furniture: If you fall out of love with a fabric, give it a new look by re-upholstering it with a fresh new fabric! Come in to one of our four locations in D.C., Baltimore, McLean or Richmond for a free consultation on your next piece of upholstered furniture.
 
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection.

Local Profile: Barry Remley, Owner of Salvations Architectural Furnishings

 
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Barry Remley, owner and designer of the Maryland-based company Salvations Architectural Furnishings, is an extremely talented woman whose company has been in business for over 25 years. She creates very sleek, simple and classic looking furniture, and many pieces are made out of recycled and salvaged materials. She has given me the pleasure of learning about some of her inspirations, motivations and interesting projects.

 

Remley started her business in 1985 when her husband was seeking furniture for his office that didn’t look like typical office furniture. Inspired by her findings at friend Donetta George’s shop The Brass Knob, Remley and former business partner Jo Coveny set out on their project to design furniture for the office. From there, the two decided to start a business together.

 

The company got its name, “Salvations,” from the concept of giving new life to found pieces that were no longer able to serve their original functions. Remley said of this, “It was a time when antique architecturals were not as valued as they are today. We loved the historic interest and beautiful craftsmanship found in the old antique grates and random pieces we found, and wanted to make furniture out of them.” One of the company’s very first coffee tables was made from an old grille found in an alley behind Remley’s DC home!

 

For over ten years, the company was run out of a basement studio in Remley’s house. After about a year into the business, Remley’s partner, Jo Coveny, left to be a designer at The Kellogg Collection. Upon Coveny’s departure, Remley took steps to learn the process of design, including taking drawing classes at Mount Vernon College. From early on, everything she did for her company was by trial and error. In the beginning it was about putting one foot in front of the other and staying in business until the next coffee table was finished.

 

Eventually running a growing business out of her house became too much, and just when she was ready to move into a larger space the right one came along. Taking this step has helped her grow the company – and thanks to a combination of luck and hard work, she has been in business for almost 30 years. And now with her son working with her, she is hoping to be in business for many, many more.

 

SAL09-II-BB COFFEE TABLE

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Remley, having grown up in a family of creative people, has found inspiration all around her. From nature to travel and architecture, she seeks inspiration in all forms. A lover of rocks and stones, she says that many of the paint finishes in her designs have been inspired by color in rocks that she has collected and brought home from different parts of the world.

 

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SALJCCT - TWO TIERED GLASS AND IRON COCKTAIL TABLE - 48"W X 28"D X 18"H

 

Antiques – namely, antique furnishings – are also an inspiration in her work. Remley has always appreciated the simplicity of clean lines, wanting her designs to “feel rooted in the past” and “timeless.”  Her designs are just that. What makes her product so special is that her designs look beautiful in a wide spectrum of interiors, from the very traditional to the contemporary. In working with the same blacksmiths for most of her years in business, Remley claims that the team spirit and shared love of what they do shows in every piece they produce.

 

One of Remley’s favorite accomplishments is that Salvations tables and accessories are featured in American embassy residences in over 70 worldwide locations. In fact, some of her table names, such as Budapest, Lima and Nepal, were chosen because they were designed for the American embassies in those locations.

 

SAL18CC-HG - GLASS AND IRON COFFEE TABLE - 42"W X 30"D X 18"H

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One of the greatest parts of Remley’s line is that every piece is made locally. She finds that many of her buyers are interested in supporting local artisans; in that, it is much easier to customize tables as opposed to manufacturing her products overseas.

 

Remley has had a hand in every step of the production process. She works day and night and there is no doubt that she is talented at what she does: “I think in some way I sort of followed an unconscious path for a while. I was having fun and still am. I absolutely love what I do; I love the creative process, I love talking to the clients. I am grateful to work with so many creative designers. And loving what I do every day keeps me going.”

 

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SAL15KELOV-SB  42X28X18H COFFEE TABLE

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For over 25 years, The Kellogg Collection has maintained a fabulous working relationship with Barry Remley and the staff at Salvations.  The Kellogg Collection is the only retailer that stocks many of her coffee tables that are ready for immediate delivery. Stop in to one of our four locations today and let us help you pick out the perfect Salvations table for you!

In-Stock Furniture? Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want

 

When you’re redecorating a home it can be a large task to take on. You may opt to work with a designer or take on the process alone. You may be working to complete your new home design by a certain deadline. When you have a time frame in mind you do not want to wait for your couch to arrive. It can be frustrating but some stores no longer carry in-stock furniture. How does this affect your design and why are stores choosing to take this course of action?

 

In an article from November 2011 from Furniture Today it was discussed that many companies are outsourcing their furniture. Companies are turning to Bangladesh and Cambodia for their production. The outsourcing is due to lower cost for labor wages. When a company can save money in the future they may choose to build a new plant, hire new workers and train them instead of sourcing from the states.

 

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Furniture Manufacturing

Many companies have stopped carrying in-stock furniture as they are downsizing their warehouses. Frames for couches and loveseats are being built but the fabric is not attached until the order is placed. This allows the companies to have smaller showrooms and less overhead. However, it also eliminates the instant gratification of taking home a new couch the day you buy it.

 

There are many reasons that you may want your couch in less than six to ten weeks that some retailers take to make it such as:

 

• A family reunion is coming up
• There will be a wedding at your home
• A child is graduating and you’re hosting a party
• Thanksgiving dinner was moved to your home
• Holiday parties are coming up
• You are moving to a new home
• You are redecorating
• An accident ruined your current couch

 

When this happens who do you turn to? There are a few internet retailers who have large warehouses but no stores. If you shop from them you may get your couch in less time than say West Elm whose Dunham Sofa can take from one to ten weeks to arrive depending on your fabric choice. The benefit of going to West Elm, however is that you can sit on the couch, touch the fabric and see how it feels when you and your spouse are seated on it.

 

The time frame gets even wider when you look to purchase a custom designed couch. Williams Sonoma is the parent company of West Elm. They offer a similar design esthetic with a higher quality line. The Williams Sonoma Home Presidio Loveseat isn’t available in any fabric for rush delivery. There is a minimum of a four week wait time for this piece. When you are planning for Thanksgiving that means you must have picked out your couch before Halloween.

 

Does this mean that when you want a unique, high quality piece you are completely out of luck?  No. The Kellogg Collection has thousands of pieces to choose from that are in their warehouse and ready for immediate delivery. You could decide you like the Ford 66 sofa which has a tight seat, tufted back, rolled arms and classic turned wood legs on casters. You may not have decided to get a new sofa until the weekend before Thanksgiving. That’s ok. By the time you get the turkey home from the grocery store for the big Thursday meal you will have your couch.

 

Many companies do not have in-stock furniture anymore. However, when you want what you want when you want it you still have some options.  The Kellogg Collection keeps items in-stock both online and in its stores.