Our Annual Rug & Home Event!

Our Annual Rug & Home Event!

If you haven’t stopped in lately, this week is a great time to visit us: Country Willow is holding our annual Rug & Home Event! The new showroom is all decked out with piles of hundreds of gorgeous hand-knotted rugs. For a limited time, enjoy 60% to 80% off regular prices! There are so many to choose from including wool, silk, and wool/silk blends from countries famous for their hand-knotted textiles including India, Nepal, Tibet, and many others.

Act fast! The sale is on through this Sunday, October 5th.



Prints & Texture: Ideas for Summer Decorating with Fabrics

Prints & Texture: Ideas for Summer Decorating with Fabrics

Fabrics provide texture in many forms from color and pattern to how they feel when we touch them. They are also one of the best ways to either quickly update your décor or give your space a whole new look. Add some bright new accent pillows to the sofa or go all out with an upholstered lounge chair in a print you’ve always loved. If you’re worried about having fabrics that might stain easily in high-traffic areas, consider a performance grade fabric for pieces that take a lot of abuse. These are family-friendly versions of your favorites that clean easily while having the texture of the linens and cottons that you want in your home. Sunbrella, for example, is an amazing option that withstands many of life’s challenges.


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Visual texture adds drama; so don’t be afraid to mix your prints. Decorating in odd numbers always works, and 3s are the easiest. Mix your stripes and florals by varying the scale of the prints from tiny to big and bold. Layer different size accent pillows and maybe a throw. This will get you the biggest impact and tons of compliments from your guests. (Hint: stick with colors of the same tone for the best results, i.e. don’t mix pastels with primaries.)


Country Willow Home – Bedford Hills, New York


Country Willow Home – Bedford Hills, New York


Country Willow Home – Bedford Hills, New York


Country Willow Home – Bedford Hills, New York

Whether you’re a fan of floral prints or traditional patterns, metallic accents or breezy sheers, Country Willow has hundreds of tantalizing fabrics to choose from. Your senses deserve a treat. Pump up the volume in your home this summer with some great texture. Live beautifully!

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From Old Homes To Yours: Sierra Reclaimed Wood Furniture

From Old Homes To Yours: Sierra Reclaimed Wood Furniture

We love our furniture builders! Recently, we took a trip out west to visit one of these great artisans who over the years has become an integral part of the Country Willow family. Pablo and his team of woodworkers are responsible for our beautiful Sierra Collection which is strongly represented throughout our 35,000 square foot store. Truly high-quality, sustainable, reclaimed wood furniture. We are proud to say that our Sierra Collection is 100% handcrafted in the USA and is available in over 100 finishes, custom sizes and designs. If you can dream it we can make it.

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

The cabinetmakers start with reclaimed wood, most of which is over 100 years old (so cool!). Because the pieces were formerly building materials from old joists, beams, floors and walls, all nails need to be removed – and this is done by hand. The wood is carefully inspected, sanded, cleaned up and repaired before it can be used for furniture. The process is laborious, but so worth it!

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

Country Willow Reclaimed Wood

One of our favorite parts about visiting the workshop was getting to see the wood in its original form. The boards we inspected were from old buildings and factories located within a 100-mile radius of the shop. Truly starting from scratch!







And Voilà! Here are some pics of the finished pieces on our showroom floor. Beautiful!

Server Buffet - Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow

Server Buffet – Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow – Custom Sizes and Finishes

Deane Media Center - Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow

Deane Media Center – Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow – Custom Sizes and Finishes

Denver Media Center - Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow

Denver Media Center – Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow – Custom Sizes and Finishes

TV Console - Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow

TV Console – Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow – Custom Sizes and Finishes

Denver Library - Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow

Denver Library – Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Country Willow – Custom Sizes and Finishes

We are very proud to have Pablo and his entire team as part of the Country Willow family, and are so happy that we have been able to bring their craft into your homes.

For pics of some of Pablo’s designs for Country Willow (and our other vendors), check our our website at www.countrywillow.com!

Swivel Chairs: 6 Styles That We Love For Spring

Swivel Chairs: 6 Styles That We Love For Spring

[swiv-uhl chair] n. 1. A chair that swivels horizontally on its base.

Who doesn’t love a swivel chair? They rock and spin, and some of them roll. They are comfortable, social, and can face the TV, fireplace, or your friends on the sofa in seconds. They grow with your family, easily transitioning from the nursery to the living room. A swivel chair is a great option for multi-use spaces, and a functional addition to any room that calls for an accent chair. They come in every size and style you can imagine, and we love them just as much upholstered as we do in leather and a slipcover. This modern classic isn’t your grandmother’s swivel! Here are some of our favorites you can find at Country Willow this spring:

1. The Classic Rolled Arm Swivel/Rocker: Many people love this classic style that features comfy rolled arms- and it’s also a rocker! From the nursery to the living room, this slipcovered swivel is a great everyday chair.

Classic Rolled Arm

2. The Contemporary Swivel: For a more contemporary look, we love this transitional upholstered swivel. It’s super comfortable while clean lines and narrow arms keep it modern.

Contemporary Swivel

3. The Large Transitional Swivel: We love the sheltering wingback of this swivel. It features a high back and generous seat, letting you rest your head and curl up with your favorite book. Guys love it for its larger size, while the narrow arms visually help keep the scale down.

Large Transitional Swivel

4. The Leather Swivel: Add a touch of tradition with a leather swivel. This masculine style is right at home in any setting, while the cushy pillow keeps it casual.

Leather Swivel

5. The Transitional Tightback Swivel: This upholstered swivel features a tight back and seat, with a waterfall skirt that will dress up a room in an instant. A great design with high function and clean, pretty lines.

Transitional Tightback Swivel

6. The Vintage Style Swivel: We love the vintage look of this swivel. The gathered skirt is pretty and feminine, and puts a cottage spin on the classic rolled arm design.

Vintage Style Swivel

So come on in and get your swivel on! Country Willow has a great selection to choose from and we look forward to finding the perfect swivel chair for you.

Summer Might Have Just Ended…  But Holiday Decorating Is NOW!

Summer Might Have Just Ended…
But Holiday Decorating Is NOW!

While we’re trying to hang on to the last few days of warm weather, planning the Thanksgiving menu isn’t something we might be ready to do. In reality, autumn is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays. The clock is ticking for ordering the new sofa, dining table, and all the window treatments. Why the rush? Because even though we make it a priority to stock a large inventory to make everyone happy this time of year, if you require a special fabric or a custom finish, we recommend you start planning today because we want to make sure your Thanksgiving table is finished in time for your feast.

Don’t take a chance on waiting to buy in-stock pieces either. Everything we have in our showroom and warehouse is first-come first-serve, and you don’t want to miss out on getting that table you saw just last week.

So come on in and get your holiday custom and special orders in now! We’ll help you create the perfect setting for your family and friends this holiday season.

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Entertainment Centers and TV Consoles: 8 Things You Should Know Before You Buy.

Entertainment Centers and TV Consoles:
8 Things You Should Know Before You Buy.

Entertainment Centers, TV Consoles, or Media Centers… they go by many names. Whatever you call it, chances are you have at least one or more in your home, or wish you did. So where do you start? You might be thinking it will depend on the size of your TV, but that is not necessarily so! So, let us help you.

1. What room do you need your entertainment center to go, and where in the room will it be placed?

  • Consider stairs and doorways- this will dictate the size of your entertainment center, so make sure it will fit without having to take out a wall or door frame.
  • Placement- will the unit be centered on a wall? Perhaps there’s an empty corner that would be perfect for a corner unit?
  • Power and wire management- be sure there are available outlets or power strips nearby.

2. Is your seating adequate for watching TV in your new entertainment center?

  • The distance from seating to the TV is an important part of optimizing your viewing experience. In the end it will depend on the size of your room, which will drive TV size.
  • Consider the type of seating you have- is it a large sectional sofa and chair, or are you watching TV from bed?
  • How much seating is really enough? Is it just for the kids, the entire family, or for big game day parties?

3. What size is your TV and will it fit?
Now that you know which room your entertainment center will be in, which wall it will be placed on, and how far you are sitting from the TV, this is the fun part: put some blue painter’s tape up on the wall to represent your TV, and see what size really works. Note that items below can impact this final decision.

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4. What components do you have or plan to have in your media center? 
You are going to want your entertainment center to hold all your A/V equipment, so make a list of everything with measurements. Cable box, DVD player, Blue-ray player, Apple TV, video game equipment, receiver, left/right speakers, and center channel speaker or soundbar. It would also be a perfect home for your music system, as well as DVDs and CDs. This information will be extremely helpful to your salesperson or designer, so bring your list with you when you go shopping.

5. What is the best design for your entertainment center?
Now that you know your TV size and have compiled your component list, you can decide on a design for your entertainment center. Some choices include a TV Console (base only), Entertainment Center with a Hutch top, or a Multifunction Wall Unit. Each of these designs come in many sizes and have many features. Measure all walls in your room, get the ceiling height, and make notes of all outlets, doors, and windows. Think about the architecture of the room and look online or in magazines for design inspiration. Our website is a great place to start. Do you have a large wall that calls for a large beautiful entertainment center or do you need a stunning smaller unit? Would you like the TV hidden away behind doors when not in use? Would a combination wall unit and desk system be handy for you? Hmmmm…

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6. Now, what is your style, and what is the style of your home?
Country, contemporary, classic, eclectic, traditional, etc. Your entertainment center can be whatever you want it to be, so think about your design inspiration and what styles you like so you’ll be prepared when you go shopping.

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7. What about Construction and Quality?
You’ll want this piece of furniture to support, protect, and show off your expensive equipment, and you’ll also want it to last for a long time- so make sure you are getting the quality you want. This unit should be solid and well made, with features like adjustable shelves and drawers with full-extension glides to prevent sinking or wobbling. This is an active piece of furniture, so make sure it is durable enough for your family.

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8. How do I find someone to help me with this?
Taking all these things into consideration, you’re ready to shop for your new entertainment center. I know it feels a bit complicated, but Country Willow Home does this all day long. Our staff is excellent and is ready to help you. We have no commissioned sales people and offer complimentary design services. Just pick your style, pick your finish, give us your info and we’ll do the rest. We have a very large selection to choose from in our showroom, and we can also easily design a custom entertainment center for you. And remember that “custom” doesn’t mean it comes with a large price tag!

Farm Table Styles: 6 Great Designs You Should Consider For Your Home.

Farm Table Styles: 6 Great Designs You Should Consider For Your Home.

Farm Tables come in many sizes and shapes. Below are 6 great designs that will help you when considering your options. (There are many more designs, but this is a good place to start.)

1. Double Turned Trestle Farm Table
Our Double Turned Trestle Farm Table is a natural beauty. Substantial in appearance with double turnings, large contoured feet, and a perfectly proportioned stretcher, this table makes every dining experience amazing. It is also available as a single turning. It comes in many sizes and finishes, both reclaimed and new woods, and each one can be custom made to order in as little as 4 weeks to perfectly fit your dining space.

2. Painted Farm Table
An oldie but a goodie, the Painted Farm Table is a classic. It can be made to any size from 4 to 14 feet plus extensions, and is available in 10 leg styles (shown here with turned legs). The contrast between the natural wood top and painted legs makes this beautiful design casual enough to blend in with your decor. Perhaps a French Country cabriolet leg or Shaker style table design suits your home better. No problem! With bench-made details like a beaded apron and bead board ends, it is perfect for any dining space. Also shown here as a coffee table.

3. Garden Pedestal Round Farm Table
Our Garden Pedestal Round Farm Table is a great table for the kitchen. It is available in many sizes from 42” to 96” in diameter, and many finishes. This is a very on-trend style that uses classic elements. It is made from 200-year-old New England Barn Wood, and Made in the USA like all of our tables.

4. 4-Leg Pedestal Farm Table
The 4-Leg Pedestal Farm Table is an original round table design we created in 2001 and is a real statement piece. It is made from 200-year-old New England Barn Wood and is a stunning choice for any dining space. It is available from 42”- great for 4 people and perhaps painted white for the kitchen- and up to 120” in diameter, which can sit 15 people! All of our tables can be made from many species of new wood as well.

5. Thicktop Farm Table
Our Thicktop Farm Tables have a solid feel and presence. Beautifully traditional and available in 10 leg styles and 50 finishes. This table can be custom finished and painted to match your cabinetry and coordinating pieces, as can all of our tables.

6. Tuscan Farm Table
Our Tuscan Dining Table is a striking, timeless design. It can be dressed up or dressed down by various levels of distress, giving you options such as a formal European appearance or a Farmhouse feel. Made from the ground up in every detail, the Tuscan Farm Table is heirloom quality and timeless beauty.

All of our Farm Tables are available in many wood styles including oak, cherry, pine, hemlock, and many others. Our most popular choice is antique reclaimed New England Barn Wood, and we also build from new wood. Our showroom displays all of these tables along with many other designs, so you can shop with confidence- come in and see them in person. Proudly custom building since 1996, Country Willow is your complete home design center with over 30,000 square feet of great design and style for every room in your home, including the kid’s.

Our Favorites: Mouth Watering Holiday Desserts.

Our Favorites: Mouth Watering Holiday Desserts.

Preparing special dishes during the holidays are a tradition for many of us. The smells filling our homes are warming and nostalgic, and add to the memories we make every year. Whether it’s grandma’s oatmeal cookies or the banana bread you found on the internet last year, everyone enjoys a homemade dessert. We asked the staff here at Country Willow to submit some of their favorites to share with you. We hope you enjoy them!

Nanni Rose’s (Age 93) Heirloom Cheesecake. OMG!
Jessica’s 9-year-old daughter Madison has carried on the family tradition of making cheesecake during the holidays.  The recipe is her Great Grandmother’s (who continues to bake at 93 years old!).  Serves 8-10.

16 oz (2 bars) cream cheese
1-1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
24 oz sour cream

For crust:
1-1/3 cup Honeymaid Graham Cracker crumbs
1 stick melted butter
(wrap in foil once pressed into pan firmly)

Preheat oven to 350°

Combine ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer and pour into crust. Bake for 1 hour on 350° and on 375° for the last 3 minutes to brown. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake for 1 more hour with oven door open. Remove from oven and cool on counter for ½ hour, then move to fridge for ½ hour. Time to eat! You can also add any fruit topping- Madison loves cherries!

Fern’s Absolutely Amazing Biscotti. Nothing Better!
Roy’s sister Fern is famous for her biscotti! Here is her own recipe for “Chocolate Almond Dipping Biscuits”- a wonderful cookie for all ages.  Makes 20 pieces.

Group 1
2 large eggs
2/3 cups granulated sugar

Group 2
1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp anise seeds
1 cup flour

Group 3
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tsp water
butter to grease pan

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on whip setting, until very thick and pale (group 1).  In a separate bowl, combine the almonds, chocolate chips, raisins, anise seeds and flour (group 2).  Add to group 1.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt (group 3) into the above mixture and stir until it forms a stiff batter.  On greased cookie sheet, pat the batter into a loaf shape (14x4x1), using damp hands (dough will be sticky). Brush the loaf with the egg yolk mixture.  Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.  Cut loaf crosswise into ¾” thick slices, and let the biscotti cool completely.  The biscotti keep in an airtight container for at least one week and freeze very well.

Cindy’s Pumpkin Nut Bread. A Family Classic!
Cindy got this recipe from her mother, and it has been a family favorite for a long time. She also confessed to making it year-round, and just last weekend took another out of the freezer!  She even makes it in mini loaf pans for single servings for her son (what a great idea!).  Makes 2 traditional size loafs.

Preheat oven to 350°

4 eggs
3 cups sugar
(1) 10.5 oz can pure pumpkin
1 ½ cup vegetable oil (can substitute ½ cup applesauce for ½ cup oil)
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup water
3-1/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

Beat eggs and add all moist ingredients. Mix all dry ingredients together and combine, mixing well.  Bake in greased loaf pans at 350° for 1¼ hours. Cool on rack and remove from pan. Freezes well.

Chandeliers: The Perfect Size And Hanging Height

Chandeliers: The Perfect Size And Hanging Height

A chandelier can look great in almost any room. They are pretty over the island in the kitchen, casual in the sunroom, and elegant in the dining room. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to hanging them, but here are some helpful guidelines you can follow for three areas where you might consider a chandelier: the foyer, the dining area, and the hallway.

In general, in most rooms where you will walk under a chandelier, it should be hung so that the bottom is about 7′ from the floor. To estimate the size of your chandelier, add the width and length of the room and convert to inches. For example, if your foyer is 10’ by 12’, add 10 + 12 to get 22- start with a chandelier that is somewhere around 22” diameter.

Foyer & Entryway
A chandelier in the foyer is a great way to light up an entryway, and you’ll want at least 80-84” from the bottom of the chandelier to the floor. If your foyer has a high ceiling, take advantage of it and hang it higher. For example if you can see up the stairs to the second story, the light fixture shouldn’t hang below the second floor. Keep in mind that the higher the fixture is hung the smaller it will look, so don’t be afraid to go bigger in this case. If you’ve got windows, it might be nice to center the fixture in a window so it can be seen from the outside.

Dining Room & Kitchen
The chandelier is often the focal point of any eating area, and this is probably the one space where the ceiling height shouldn’t affect the hanging height. A frequent mistake is that the chandelier is too small and/or hung too high. It should be low enough to illuminate the table surface without interfering with the line of sight while seated. The general rule is that the bottom of the chandelier should be 30” to 34” above the tabletop, also accounting for any dangling crystals or drops. Have someone help you hold the fixture over the table and adjust it until it feels right. As far as size goes, you’ll want to make sure your guests don’t bump their heads when getting up. Keeping it simple, the diameter of your fixture should be about ¾ the width of your table at its widest point (however, this might be too big if you are hanging 2 chandeliers). Also think about your table shape. A round table would call for a single chandelier while a rectangle table could support two fixtures, especially in a large room. Try to position it above the table only, and it shouldn’t be closer than 4’ to any wall if your room is large enough to support this rule of thumb. So your lighting is more conducive to dining, this chandelier should also be on a dimmer.

Hallways & Landings
The hallway is often ignored as a design space, and it is such a great place for a special light fixture or two. Hang them close to the ceiling unless your ceiling is high enough (say 9 or more feet). If you do have a low ceiling, go for a fixture that has a low profile in height and a larger diameter- and the wider the hallway, the wider the fixture can be. For example, start with a 12-14″ diameter chandelier for a 5′ wide hallway, and add 2″ to your fixture for every additional 12″ of hallway width. Whatever your ceiling height, keep the distance from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier at 80-84″ to avoid interference while walking underneath it. Lean toward a less bulky design if your hallway is long and narrow, and to eliminate the feeling of walking down a tunnel, hang a chandelier every 8-10′. If the hallway makes a turn, this is also a good location for a chandelier. Define the space by drawing the attention to a pretty light fixture- functional and beautiful.

So remember, these are only guidelines. But don’t limit yourself to enjoying a chandelier only in the formal spaces of your home: a beautiful light fixture in the bedroom is charming and romantic, and adding a sparkly chandelier to the bathroom can inject just the right amount of drama to what otherwise might be a dull room. Before you choose a chandelier for any room, take measurements of the space and furniture, and feel free to come to us with any questions you may have.

Picking The Perfect Colors For Your Home:Part 3- Cool Colors

Picking The Perfect Colors For Your Home:
Part 3- Cool Colors

As we learned in our  previous post, color has a psychological effect on us that is directly related to the value and intensity of the hue. Colors on the cool side of the spectrum include blue, green and violet. Cool colors are often considered calming and soothing, and encourage a more passive reaction in the brain than warm colors. These powerful colors can make us feel relaxed and subdued, as well as sad or indifferent. In design, cool colors are somewhat recessive and can make a space feel more open and larger than it is.


BLUE lowers blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. It is considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Light blues indicate health and stability, and dark blues suggest knowledge and integrity. The dark tones can also evoke feelings of sadness, so refrain from them as your main color. To encourage relaxation in the rooms where people gather such as the family room, living room, or kitchen, consider a subtle shade such as periwinkle or a bright blue such as cerulean or turquoise. Be careful when choosing blues, however: a light blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little warmth from natural light. If you choose a light blue as the main color in a room, balance it with a warm hue in the furnishings and fabrics, such as it’s opposite on the color wheel, orange.

GREEN is considered the most restful color for the eye. It is invigorating and fresh, and tends to feel peaceful when used as a main color for decorating. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. Imagine how a pretty sage green in the kitchen will cool things down; in the family room or living room, the same color encourages unwinding with enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. In a bedroom, green is relaxing and pleasant (and also believed to aid in fertility!).  Also symbolizing wealth, it would be great for your home office. Green is believed to relieve stress and encourage relaxation. It is considered stable, prosperous and harmonious.

VIOLET in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, luxurious, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is also associated with creativity, so it might be perfect for a kid’s room or craft room. It can be moody, so violet might suit certain spaces better as an accent or secondary color, giving your color scheme just the right amount of depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, suggest nostalgia and romance. They can bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, without the risk of feeling chilly.

Remember, choosing a color scheme is all about balance. Whether you lean toward the warm side of the color wheel, or prefer the cool colors, explore the possibilities of color with a scheme that suits your life, décor and home.