Monday, December 24, 2012

"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." - Coco Chanel

It's the holiday season! Time for family, joy, celebration, laughter and fun.   With that tends to come some stress. There are many ways to keep calm during the chaos of the holiday season.



Between hosting holiday guests, friends and family and maybe even a few unexpected partakers who decide to join in last minute, attempting to pull together loved ones for an impromptu gathering can surely cause a commotion.  Planning ahead and having the right things on hand will keep you looking and feeling calm amongst the frazzled feelings you may be experiencing on the inside.

Follow these below simple tips to be sure to avoid the stress this holiday season:
  • Sleep in: Take advantage of being in the moment and enjoying just a few extra minutes in bed in the morning
  • Stock up on frozen hors d'oeuvres: Shhh... it's our little secret and no one has to know! Having these on hand will be the simplest way to pop something into the oven and have lite-bites ready and waiting for your guests. 
  • Meet Swiffer Sweeper. Swiffer can be your best friend this holiday season. Either for a quick touch up before your guests arrive, or an easy clean up post party, you will surely be thankful for your little friend. 
  • Light scented candles: Whether you may have, dare I say it, just burnt a batch of chocolate chip cookies, or just want to freshen up the household scent, lighting scented candles are a sure way to  add welcoming ambient lighting and please the senses all at the same time
  • Have some sparkling beverages and vodka readily available: Having plenty of ice in the freezer would be helpful too.  Using a splash of cran and some frozen berries is the perfect go-to-bar-remedy, sans professional bartender, for festive cocktails
Following these 5 simples steps will get you through the holiday chaos and will help you keep calm so you are truly able to enjoy and get the most out of spending time with family and friends this holiday season.

From my family to yours...
Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. We value our relationships and thank you for being our customers and friends. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming years!



Keep it in perspective


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends." - Kate Spade

Within Contemporary decor, the use of lighting, area rugs, throws, pillows, poufs, art,  and accessories are an easy and affordable way to dress it up. Wasser's accessories let you revamp, update and freshen your look at minimal cost.

Go Seasonal, get jazzy or make a personal statement!

Here on our Dress It Up ™ page, we give you many options and the possibilities are endless. Use our suggested color coordinated packages or create your own unique version. Ask any of us at wasser's to suggest our personal recommendation based on your theme or color direction of choice. 

Go ahead, make your room look rich, without going broke!





IT’S 12/12/12!!!

TO CELEBRATE THIS ONCE IN A CENTURY DATE, WE PICKED OUR 12 FAVORITE WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR HOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON





Row 1: Lighting


Sheets of clear beveled Crystal are suspended from frames of Polished Chrome and allowed to drape in natural waves of light. All powered by xenon lamps, the Wave collection sparkles as light reflects from a multitude of angles. In stock and on display in our Hallandale/Aventura showroom. Also available in multiple sizes, wall sconce, flush mount and assorted bath vanity fixtures.


Beveled crystal beads mysteriously appear through the Veil collection's veil of Silver Sheer fabric and shimmer like diamonds in the night. Round bubble crystal suspended at various heights, create a unique accent. Shades are supported by multiple Polished Chrome stems for adjustable height. Also available as flush mount light and in multiple size pendant options.


The Fizz Collection's effervescent bubbles encased in rectangular glass cubes come to life when illuminated by halogen reflector lamps. The etched lines add linear detail as they extend from the Polished Chrome fitters. Also available in flush mounts, multiple pendant sizes, hanging chandeliers and assorted vanity sizes.

Row 2: Textured Area Rugs


Velour Rectangle Rugs, Never before seen design!  These rugs are contemporary yet casual.... Soft to the touch and 100% washable and dryable.... Available in 5x7, 6x9, 8x10 In stock in 5 color options!


One of our best selling rugs, The Executive is thickly plush, with deep softness provided by its unique pile. The mix of silks and polyester fabrics are upcycled neckties. Each piece of our Executive rug is cut and sewn by hand, filled with hypo-allergenic poly filling, pieced together and backed with a non-slip action backing. The rug is stain-resistant, colorfast and 100% machine washable.


The elegant, yet casual design of our Shimmer Collection makes it a popular choice. It has a classic look that translates well into many d├ęcor styles and we offer a great selection of colors. The basic design of this rug is the same as our Pebble Chamois Collection, The Shimmer Collection is one of our plushest floor coverings. What makes it the softest? It’s definitely the fabric.  This is by far one of my fav must haves for this season! In stock in Chrome, Platinum, Chocolate, Ginger Ale, Steel Blue in assorted sizes.

Row 3: Throws

Bamboo Velour Throw: $300 Available in Mocha, Dove Gray & White
Executive Stripe Throw $170 Multi Color
Italian Square Throw:  $300 Available in Black & Brown, Greige, Lime, Pesto, White


Row 4: Pouffs



We're so excited to find textiles that beg to be touched and that look as good as they feel. The Shimmer collection is another such success. Size: 22" diam. x 18". Completely wash & dryable. In stock in ginger ale, chrome and graphite


The Maxwell ottoman's solid walnut base is an eye-catching addition to any room whether sitting as a single or grouped in pairs or trios. The top-stitched, upholstered cover is available in hundreds of leathers and fabrics creating a versatile accent with wide appeal. Standard Features: Premium high-density, high-resiliency foam seat Quick ship delivery Lifetime warranty on frame Double needle top-stitching Solid natural walnut base


This compact ottoman by Pavoncello comes packed full of value. Fully upholstered in top grain leather and wenge finish on the wood legs and on the interior tray. The top of this ottoman can be used as an extra seat and flips over to serve as either a end table or a portable tray with hidden storage. We stock this ottoman in Beige and Black top grain leather. Special order in any color leather or fabric. Also available in round and trapezoid in assorted leathers and fabric colors.


These are just a few of my favorite things for the holidays, after all it was a bit difficult for us to narrow it down to just 12.  At the very least, you should now have some ideas on how Wasser's accessories can help you revamp, update and freshen your look at minimal cost.  For further information or assistance, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. We'd be thrilled to help you find the perfect accessory to fit your color scheme, design and budget!





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Put an end to re-gifting now!


American Leather and wasser's is declaring an end to re-gifting! Through American Leather's top retailers like wasser's , you can purchase an American Leather gift card for a customizable Comfort Recliner™ for a lucky recipient (or yourself!). Find out more!



Wasser's has lot's of available styles in stock in an assortment of sizes, colors, fabrics and leathers to make the perfect holiday gift for the one you love while guaranteeing delivery of in stock items just in time for the holidays! You can also special order any color fabric or leather of your choice for a custom 30-day delivery. Now, you can even get it faster with American Leather's Early Bird Option for delivery in your home in just 20 days! Call Jaime or Josh for more information @ 954.454.9500.



Come in and see our full selection in our American Leather Comfort Recliner Gallery at our Hallandale Showroom.


FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE THEIR RELAXATION SERIOUSLY
The Comfort Recliner™ features the Infinity System, a personal, infinite-position system that adjusts to your exact comfort needs. Read below to discover why the Comfort Recliner is all your recliner wishes come true!
recliner
INDEPENDENT BACK AND FOOTREST OPERATION.
Now you can lean back and relax without having to engage the ottoman thanks to the Comfort Recliner’s independent back and footrest. When you recline, the weight-balanced mechanism moves with you, so you can lean back almost effortlessly, no need to push on the arms. The amount of resistance in the back can be adjusted using two hidden tension knobs located beneath the chair.
reclinerA FOOTREST THAT’S BETTER THAN OTHER RECLINERS.
The Comfort Recliner’s gas cylinder-assist footrest stops in any position without clicking or ratcheting. Pull the stainless steel lever to raise the chaise-style ottoman to your desired position. In the open position, the chair has an elegant footrest extension that hides all mechanical linkages and accentuates the full-length ottoman. The solid, one-piece ottoman provides over 20” of support, several inches longer than the industry standard.
reclinerA TWO-WAY HEADREST SYSTEM.
The Comfort Recliner headrest adjusts in two ways to get you to your perfect position. Find the ultimate movie-watching position by pulling the back forward. And for complete head and neck support, a simple up and down movement adjusts the headrest height without any visible hardware.
AVAILABLE IN FOUR SIZES.
In the quest for ultimate personalized comfort one size does not fit all. Every Comfort Recliner™ is available in the Infinity 3, Infinity 5, the Infinity 7 or the Infinity 9 to accommodate the differences in height, weight and personal preferences. Try all three sizes and pick the perfect chair for you.
reclinerDESIGN YOUR PERFECT LOOK TOO.
American Leather offers a wide range of fabrics and leathers. Our leather is among the finest in the world: full aniline dyed for beauty, softness, and a supple hand. We offer hundreds of fabric options including designer prints, family and pet-friendly fabric and the popular Ultrasuede®.
You can also choose from a variety of base options. The height-adjustable round base is offered in stainless steel, three wood finishes, or upholster it with any fabric or leather. For a more traditional look, choose the four legs option, available in Walnut, Acorn, and Espresso finish.
reclinerRELAX WITH A GREAT WARRANTY.
American Leather provides a 10 year warranty on the internal mechanism and lifetime warranty on the frame of the Comfort Recliner.






Shop the Comfort Recliner Gallery now! 

Tracing our history back three generations in our Hallandale location, wasser’s is your destination for Designer-Brand Furniture, Quality Craftsmanship, Incomparable Customer Service and Guaranteed Low Prices. 




Friday, November 16, 2012

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel

'Tis the season for home fashion!

As the rush of High Point Home Furnishings Market is still running through my veins, I've come back to our showroom inspired, exhilarated, and extremely proud to be a part of the home furnishings industry.

Since the theme of this Fall market was FASHION focus, so will be that of my first ever, post-introductory blog post as...The Furniture Maven.

"This Market is our industry's Fashion Week, defining style, trends, and innovation for the home.  This is where brilliant designs dazzle and inspire, and innovative ideas emerge in a legendary shopping destination.

The link between fashion design and home design is strong, and the High Point Market's new Fashion Focus campaign is designed to highlight that close relationship, and to showcase the High Point Market's role as the most exciting fashion event in home furnishings." - Cheminne Taylor Smith VP of Marketing, High Point Market.




This market was as exhilarating as always. There were lots of new trends, colors, materials, mixed-media items as well as recycled, upcycled, vegan-friendly product introductions, which I am personally a big fan of!
I love to see a product be given a second chance at life. What is more resourceful and amazing than finding another use for something that was destined to end up in the dumps?

Here are a few of my fav spottings from this seasons market:

Trending in Color & Pattern

Market is "where brilliant designs dazzle and inspire, and new color, style, and texture trends re-energize the home."- Smith

Fuschia & Tangerine textured wall paper

Tribal inspired patterns, bold stripes and bright animal prints galore! 
Customizable colored accent tables, any color and best part: Made in USA. 
Customizable color coffee tables, any color glass, and frame and best part: Made in USA. 
Ikat on Ikat = Heaven on Earth

Neons and bright bold patterns combined for an amazing vignette 

Ikat high-back upholstered chair with chrome nail head detail trim



 


Beautiful Ikat silk area rugs, I obviously couldn't get enough of this stunning trend
What is Ikat you ask?
Ikat print is a type of tribal print. Traditional ikat, however, refers to more of a form of textile decoration and dyeing technique. They are most often used in various South American and South East Asian cultures.

Modern ikat print used in mainstream fashion is typically characterized by triangular shapes, often with details similar to brush strokes. Colors are usually vibrant and bold, and are suitable for spring, summer, and sometimes fall fashion. They are often used in tunics, dresses, and skirts. In the world of accessories, ikat print is most commonly used in the form of headbands, scarves, and handbags. 
Source: About.com

Up-cycled...Literally

Up-cycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.  Here are a few of the innovative ideas that caught my eye in the up-cycling realm this market, using scraps and parts from bicycles to create furniture and home accent pieces. Genius, I tell you! 





The vegan friendly trophy-heads, made from bicycle seats and handlebars.

New Product Arrivals to Wasser's

As our favorite time of the year is when we get to shop for new products for our showroom, we are excited to show you what is new and exciting straight from the market. One of our shopping goals is to support American-made products. We made sure to discover new sources to enhance our "Made in America" product offering, along with adding to our wide variety of top quality Italian furniture. Here's what we've got coming for you!


Beautiful luxury leather sectional, being special made in Italy for our showroom


Costantini Pietro dining table appropriately named Stile paired with the Bellagio 2 side chairs and  Noblesse hostess chairs- One of my fav's from this market, now in stock at wasser's! 

Gorgeous Allusion dining chairs, made to order in any wood matt or high gloss finish, any color fabric or leather,  in stock and on display in our showroom!

Geo Accent Chair, coming soon in white leather with stainless steel frame, Made in USA


Onyx coffee table with acid wash metal frame,  Shanti- Banti chic is an understatement! Coming soon!  

Onyx console. Beauty!!!! One of a kind piece, coming soon! 


Look at that slab, just gorgeous. 

Urban Chic Nesting tables, so fun! 

Urban Chic Wood Cube

Urban Chic is so hot right now, This collection coming soon in white leather! 

American Leather Bella Chair- In stock and on display now at wasser's showroom
Notice the exquisite pattern matching and attention to detail. Nestle into the gently sloped arms of the Bella, an accent chair detailed beautifully with nailhead trim and welting. So classic and versatile, the Bella would be at home in a formal living room, a sweetly designed family room or your home office.

ASFD Pinnacle Awards Design Nominee: American Leather Maxwell Ottomans with walnut sculpted wood Base and zebra pattern fabric. Now, in stock & on display at wasser's. The Maxwell ottoman's solid walnut base is an eye-catching addition to any room whether sitting as a single or grouped in pairs or trios. The top-stitched, upholstered cover is available in hundreds of leathers and fabrics creating a versatile accent with wide appeal.

American Leather Tori Accent Chair in new Mulberry Fabric- Beauty! In stock & on display now at wasser's. A slipper chair with artisan roots, the Tori proves that long-lasting good looks are in the details. With a base that recalls a draftsman’s or architect’s desk, the chair and matching ottoman form a memorable team – or function beautifully on their own. Welting around the frame adds subtle polish, and cushions with no seams in the foam or seat underscore the clean lines of the two pieces.

American Leather Lennon Sofa- Extremely plush all feather down seats and back cushions, In stock & on display now at wasser's. Sofa, so good – and it just doesn’t get much better than the Lennon for all-round good looks and comfort. This commanding collection is characterized by its unique angled back that tips behind substantial arms. The square shape of these arms further enhances the bold structure of this John Charles Designs look. In addition, the front cushions jet forward to create a deep seat for the sink-into comfort that should be the birthright of every sofa in the contemporary home. In stock in Adam Bark- 102'' Sofa
American Leather Uno storage ottomans, upholstered in the new lemongrass fabric with wood trays for serving, now in stock and on display at wasser's. These are absolutely perfect for entertaining with the hidden storage and useful serving trays.  Designed with a dual nature, the Uno is equally at home for solo or party-time use. Relax and stretch out your feet on the posh leather top or flip to the built-in tray to create an instant side table. Clean geometric styling adds further versatility to the double-duty ottoman-side table. The ever-ready hidden tray is available in an espresso or natural finish.

American Leather's fun Feliz swivel chair- In stock & on display at wasser's  as shown in the new Gus Taupe fabric. Available for quick ship special order in any fabric or leather. Swivel in style with Feliz. A creation from the studio of award-winning designer Rick Lee, Feliz is a stylish accent chair that doesn’t neglect the comfort. This appealing contemporary piece invites you to sit and relax. Great for reading or conversation, Feliz is an eye-grabbing addition to any room.

American Leather Savino sectional and Trey accent chair. Two fab new intro's from American Leather. In stock & on display at wasser's. Special order any American Leather items in fabric or leather color of your choice for delivery in your home in just 30 days! 
Select your choice of custom finishes for this dynamite dining table, coming soon to wasser's! 


Highlights from High Point

High Point Market is full of opportunities. It is great to be exposed to all the newness in the industry, network, and see first hand all the trends, ideas, technology and of course fashion incorporated into furniture. It is great to have the chance to see proto-samples, and be given the opportunity to give feedback on how they would be better off for production, and even gain access to exclusive items first- hand for our showroom!

Alan Wasser, CEO of Wasser's Furniture & Pierpaolo Costantini of Costantini Pietro at Pietro's showroom


Picking leathers for our new arrivals from Thayer Coggin
American Leather wins best design for motion upholstery category for the Brayden Comfort Recliner at the 2012 ASFD Pinnacle Awards


Photo op with The Keno Brothers! Leigh & Leslie Keno at the 2012 Pinnacle Awards Dinner



With dad, after the Pinnacle Awards

Honored to meet and have dinner with the lovely Cindy Hodnett, Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture Today

So much fun getting involved with all the social media opps during market week


Best restaurant in High Point, NC by far!  Thank you the fab chef Johnny P of  Sammy G Tavern for the amazing dinner and dessert! We always look forward to your gracious hospitality and dining with you each market!  
Testing out the seating, not too shabby!

Alan with our favorite greeters at 220 Elm, always smiling even until the last day, last hour of market! Love the energy from these women.



As I look just a few weeks back, this market was a huge success! We have already started receiving in our new items from this market. We are so excited to be adding all the new arrivals to our showroom with the best of the best, fashionable, eco-friendly and truly beautiful high-quality products. Come in and check out the showroom for all the latest and greatest. The Wasser family looks forward to helping you find the perfect item(s) for your home!



Tracing our history back three generations in our Hallandale location, wasser’s is your destination for Designer-Brand Furniture, Quality Craftsmanship, Incomparable Customer Service and Guaranteed Low Prices.