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Raised panel bookcase.
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Some variations we sketched out for a new cabinet.
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2014-06-20
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Juliana Swivel Glider

It's usually best to avoid superlatives, but if we've heard it from one customer, we've heard it from hundreds: this actually is the most comfortable chair ... ever. In a chair, comfort is all about the float: the relative pitch of the seat as compared to the back. And the float in this chair is spot-on. Add to that, the feather-wrapped seat cushion and the feather-blend back cushion — you won't want to get up! Topped off with a silky smooth (and sturdy) swivel-glide mechanism, this chair is simply wonderful.

Fabric Grades Explained
The Juliana is also available on a stationary base, in a smaller size and in fabrics grade 1-10. As you may imagine, each fabric grade is a different price. In this case, grade 1 is the most affordable and grade 10 is the most costly. It's a bit counter-intuitive, but a grade 10 is not necessarily a better fabric than a grade 1. A bold design with a large repeat will produce more waste when the fabric is cut and the pattern matched. This would be a higher grade fabric, as more material is required to create the final product. Or linen, as another example, is typically more expensive than cotton, but often not more durable. Dozens of factors, even the type of dye, contribute to the cost of a fabric. We offer beautiful, durable fabrics at every grade.

We always have a few Juliana Swivel Gliders in our showroom to try out (and fall in love with), and a huge selection of fabrics to choose from. You can also see more or buy one on our website, here: http://theemporium.com/collections/upholstery-swivel-gliders
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Slipcovered Sofas and Chairs

Our fitted slipcover upholstery collection features dozens of frames and hundreds of beautiful fabrics. At any one time, we have 8-12 pieces in the store and the complete range of fabric selections. For a closer look, we've photographed two pieces — the spectacularly comfortable Juliana Gilder Swivel Chair and the classic Mariposa Demi Sofa — and added them to our website. These items are available to order online, and in a number of sizes. We have both pieces on display in our Ottawa showroom now. If you'd like to try them out or review the fabric selections, we encourage you to drop by.

Here's How the Slipcover Works
Your slipcovered sofa frame will arrive fully upholstered in white muslin. This tailored base-layer keeps the upholstering underneath firmly in place and is securely fit with heavy duty velcro strips. Similarly, seat and back cushions will arrive in individual baffled muslin casings. Of course, you won't see any of this. Your sofa will arrive with its slipcover fit snugly in place and secured with the extra-sturdy velcro strips. If you've ordered an additional slipcover, you'll find it neatly folded along with the included toss cushions. If you prefer not to have a slipcover, no problem. Most items in our slipcover collection are available fully upholstered at no additional cost.

Imagine Redecorating in Nine Minutes
Additional slipcovers are available for as little as $690. (for a sofa and including two toss cushion covers). In design terms, this buys you a second sofa — to say nothing of the increased longevity. On account of their visual mass, upholstered pieces are foundational in most design schemes. Swap out your summer for your winter slipcover, and re-decorate in minutes. Imagine, a cool floral for summer and a rich red for winter. Or maybe something staid and conservative for one slipcover and something a little less restrained for the other. We hear from our customers how satisfying and fun this is.

Helpful Tip
It takes no time at all to get a slipcover on and off. And here's a helpful tip: if you take one off to wash it, don't let it dry completely before putting it back on. Obviously you don't want to soak the sofa, but with about 5% moisture left in the slipcover, it'll go on with far fewer wrinkles. Just be careful not to stretch it.

By The way
A slipcovered piece has a number of practical benefits. For one, most of the fabrics in our slipcovered program are 100% cotton and therefore, washable. We recommend a measured approach, so always test-wash the smallest cushion cover first, and always on the most gentle of gentle cycles (cold water, hang to dry, no dryer of course). This way, if something goes wrong, it's an easier fix. Also, a slipcover is removable, of course. So it's always easy to have a new one made. We can order one for you from our hundreds of fabrics, or just take your slipcover — not the entire sofa — to any upholsterer and they can simply measure the pattern and sew a new one.
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The Perfect Piece, Just For You

Our Custom Furniture process has been tested, modified and refined. Whether we’re tailoring one of our current pieces to your specific measurements or finish, or designing a new piece from scratch, working with the Emporium process you’re guaranteed results that will delight you.

Our transparent four step process guides you from concept to completion, and with your input every step of the way.

Here’s how our process works:

Step 1: Concept Discussion
We’ll start with a discussion to understand your needs – your space limitations, desired functionality, design inspiration. Even with a vague sense, we can start to form a shared vision. The value in this exercise is that it gets everyone thinking about and imagining the finished product. More importantly, it helps us to understand what information we need to move forward. This step is marked by a concept sketch, and a price estimate.

Step 2: Measurement and Photos
Every design project involves balancing the non-negotiables – the size of your room, location of doorways, windows, and fireplaces, the items to be stored in a case piece. Within the limitations of the project and your ultimate wish list we piece together a design that works for you. We work with photos and accurate measurements of your space. At this step, we’ll review the project cost and ask for a 25% deposit.

Step 3: Build-ready Drawing
We’ll use the information we’ve gathered to produce a detailed, scaled, build-ready drawing of your Custom Furniture. This is an exciting step, as your ideas come to life on paper. Sometimes there is a little back and forth as we tailor your drawing to get it just right.

Step 4: Build
With your approval on the final drawing, we build. In approximately 6 weeks your new Custom Furniture, finished to your taste, will be ready for delivery.

We have been designing and building custom furniture since 1978.
View our online gallery at TheEmporium.com for a sample of what we have built for our customers.
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It's always exciting to see one of our Custom Furniture pieces come to life (maybe not quite as exciting as it is for the customer on delivery day...but pretty close). This custom wall unit was designed to perfectly fit all of the entertainment components (like tv, stereo, etc.), provide a lot of storage, a beautiful display area with lighting, and of course, look really great. There are a lot of considerations to make when designing furniture – a balance of aesthetic, function, and design/build integrity.
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