The Chaddock Blog

The Chaddock blog is about inspiration and information. We'll share the latest breaking news from our Morganton, North Carolina, factory (where nearly 90% of all Chaddock is made to order). For inspiration, we'll look to the world of fashion, design and decoration. We welcome your participation.

The new Guy Chaddock Monterey collection crafted in distinctive Quartersawn Oak was a big hit at the October 2016 Market. Available in a new palette of exclusive wire brushed finishes, Monterey affords a world of choice to interior designers. Or so we thought!

Chaddock heard you. We are happy to announce that the Monterey Collection is also available in Maple, and at the same price as Oak – no up charge! As you know, most furniture makers are simply unable to offer a change of wood species within a collection. Chaddock is ready, willing and able – a result of our made-in-America manufacturing model and a company culture that seeks to please.

Monterey Maple dining table tops are an especially robust offering. They are available as planked tops (with scoring), smooth plank top (no scoring), inlaid plank tops (planks and lumber bands scored), and smooth inlaid plank tops (lumber band scoring only).

While a change of wood species may seem like a simple thing, in reality, it’s not. Maple and oak, for example, accept stains and finish treatments very differently. To be sure your Monterey orders – whether in Maple or Oak – are exactly what you want, please note two special ordering parameters:

  • Your approval of a strike off panel required on all Maple pieces with Wire Brush finishes. Why? Oak and maple respond to our wire brushing technique very differently.
  • Quartersawn Oak pieces may only be ordered in wire brushed finishes. Chaddock standard or premium finishes may not be specified. Color changes are significant and unpredictable. We cannot guarantee your satisfaction, so they are off the table!

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Change doesn’t scare Rachelle Roth. In 1991 she and her husband Jeffery left successful, high-powered careers to start Urban Country. They were furniture novices who set new industry standards. Life and business changed irrevocably in 1999 when Jeffery died of brain tumor, but the idea of a “family business” took on even richer meaning as two of Rachelle and Jeffery’s daughters joined the enterprise. In today’s blog, Chaddock catches up with this entrepreneur, designer and mom to find out what makes Rachelle run… 

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CHADDOCK: Urban. Country. Quite a juxtaposition. Tell us the origin of your company name.

RR: Our whole business philosophy – then and now – is based on the idea of blending. In the case of the name, it’s about an edgy urban aesthetic paired with a casual, relaxed country vibe. Urban Country is less about contrast and hard juxtapositions than it is about a seamless blend.

CHADDOCK: What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

RR: Starting the business in 1991, but I didn’t fully realize it then. We gave up great jobs. We had young kids. The economy was horrible. We were furniture beginners – but with great business acumen (him) and fashion sense (me). We wanted to blend our talents, so we did!

CHADDOCK: What’s the biggest upside to running a family business?

RR: Creating. Shedding old ideas. Some 25+ years ago, my husband and I were the ones innovating. It’s a kick to see our children – two are active in the business – charting new courses.

CHADDOCK: And – tell the truth – the biggest downside?

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RR: Ah, see the last question. It’s hard to let go of what you think you know, but I’m a proud mamma!

CHADDOCK: Second career time. You’re starting fresh and saying goodbye to interior design. “I would like to….”

RR: I can see myself consulting on a fashion business, helping others break barriers – the mental and tangible ones. That would be satisfying.

CHADDOCK: If you were a CHAIR, what would you look like?

RR: I would be a curvy French bergère in mohair and velvet, please.

CHADDOCK: How would you describe your own personal style in three adjectives?

RR: Sophisticated, elegant, whimsical.

CHADDOCK: What attracts you and Urban Country to Chaddock?

RR: Chaddock offers such a panoply of styles. Urban Country is all about the blend, and Chaddock is a great fit. Styles range from buttoned-up traditional to outside-the-box designs.

CHADDOCK: Do you have a favorite piece of Chaddock? An item you covet?

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RR: There are so many…. I recently downsized into a 1900 square-foot condo. I had to edit. The Mary McDonald for Chaddock goat-leg demilune was a must-have. It’s rustic. It’s classic. There’s the blend again! I live with and admire that piece every day.

CHADDOCK: What’s your personal motto, mantra or credo?

RR: Do what you love and do it with passion!

Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s well known that Chaddock has a huge crush on Studio 882, a wonderful design and furniture store just outside of Philadelphia. Bright, creative and principled, we think Katie and Chad Groves represent the next generation of the furniture industry – and as you’re about to see, the next-next generation!

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Lights, camera, action. Chad and Katie recently planned an in-store photo shoot. Strategically, they sought to capture images that demonstrate how well-made furniture stands up beautifully to everyday life. Katie says that the Mary McDonald for Chaddock Antoinette bed “is beautiful, elegant, and relevant for the way we live today.” It was cast in a starring role. The Groves’ did not have to look far for “talent.” That’s their son Andrew (age 5) perusing The Cat in the Hat comfortably atop Antoinette.

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According to Katie, Antoinette is one of Studio 882’s top sellers. (Looks like the boys love it too.) “The scale, proportions and craftsmanship are exceptional,” she explains, “It’s inspiring to see our designers and customers experiment with their own unique combination of fabric and finish options. We love the ways our customers have styled this bed in their own homes. It’s really never the same twice, thanks to Chaddock’s amazing options.”

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Boys will be boys, and episodes of monkey business were apt to break out during the shoot, according to Katie. As she explains, “We don’t believe in special occasion furniture. Furniture is meant for living. Both beauty and quality are important. Chaddock’s on exactly the same page with us.”

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“More and more, Studio C is becoming our upholstery options program go-to,” says Katie. In addition to the great menu of options, quality features and amazing lead times, Katie notes Studio C has “formidable fort-building capabilities, perhaps a little known fact.” In this final shot, Andrew recreates a scene from the Groves’ own home, where cushions are apt to separate from sofas to fashion fortresses. Studio C is a wonder, says Katie, “everything holds its shape under just about any kind of assault, if you will. We love this track arm sofa in 1244-Tweed. It’s perfect for our own personal castle!”

 

Registration is now open for the next session of Chaddock College, the master class in the art and science of fine furniture. Class size is limited to no more than 15 attendees to offer a very personal learning experience. Best to sign up NOW to reserve your place. It’s a must-attend, and here’s a few reasons why…

No 1 Learn a lot: It’s no Animal House. We strive to make Chaddock College, collegial (of course), but you will exponentially increase your understanding of how fine furniture is made in this two-day experience. Most coursework takes place right on the factory floor. You won’t be lectured to; you’ll learn by doing. In fact, you’ll be guided through all the major steps of the wood finishing process and witness the upholstery process from start to finish.

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No 2 Polish your professionalism: The world of design is fun and fashionable. It’s also highly competitive. What differentiates you from other talented professionals? How can you add more value to your client’s experience? Can you demonstrate a rare understanding of the furniture-making process to earn your client’s trust and justify significant purchases? Chaddock College will make you a better professional.

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No 3 Hand rubbing and elbow rubbing: In our wood finishing segment, you’ll experience the hand-finishing process, including the final wool wax rub. Simultaneously, you’ll rub elbows with other retail and design peers and professionals. You may make important connections that will stay with you well after College.

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No 4 About your diploma: It’s more than a piece of paper. In fact (spoiler alert!), your College term project is the hand-finishing of a frame, perfectly sized to hold your diploma. It’s both YOUR badge of honor and our gift to you – but only upon matriculation.

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No 5 Tuition is not a barrier: Chaddock College class size is limited to 10-15 serious professionals. If you are accepted into the program all fees and expenses (including all food and accommodation in Morganton) are fully paid for by Chaddock. Your only financial responsibility is travel to and from Morganton. Chaddock has endowed this program because we know education is essential to our mutual success. Chaddock is on its way becoming the best fine furniture brand in the world. Are you with us?

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There’s nothing more heartbreaking than unrequited love, so imagine our immense delight when one of our favorite magazines sent us a valentine – and one for all the world to see.

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XOXO hugs and kisses back to you, Traditional Home, for including the Mary McDonald for Chaddock Alix Side Chair in your timely roundup of decorating trends with Xs and Os in the February edition, on newsstands now. As it happens, Alix delivers on both counts: XOXO.

Alix is a study in geometry. The square chair back frames an X encased in a circle – or an O, if you prefer. Mary channeled Malmaison – Napoleon and Josephine’s summer digs – in the chair design. It’s one of her favorite periods, and it’s easy to see why. Louis XVI and Directoire style furniture is decidedly unfussy, but also beautifully and thoughtfully designed. It’s about imagination and meaningful detail, not ostentation.

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Traditional Home chief Ann Maine first spotted the new Alix Side Chair at the October furniture Market during a personal tour with Mary McDonald. Our blog reporter was on hand to snap a cellphone, shown above. As the magazine’s 2017 editorial calendar developed, Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund was similarly smitten with Alix, and the chair made its way into Traditional Home’s stylish mix.

MORE ABOUT ALIX: The Mary McDonald for Chaddock Alix Side Chair (MM1657-26), W20.5 x D25 x H38.25, is shown here in 5800 Black Deco with Gold on finials. Seat upholstered in F6180 Seasalt. Alix is made by hand and made to order in Chaddock’s Morganton, NC, factory, and available in over 70 finishes, and hundreds of fabrics, including COM. Expected Alix lead time 5-7 weeks.

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A couple from Chicago came to designer Beverly Bohan to furnish their new-build 5,000 square-foot home on Seabrook Island, outside of Charleston, and Beverly came to Chaddock to furnish the entire home.

It makes perfect sense. “My clients are unique individuals. They want their homes and furniture selections to really resonate with their own personal taste and lifestyle. They come to me for what they cannot get elsewhere, not what’s in a catalog. Customization is key.”

The Seabrook Island project began a few weeks after the April 2016 High Point Market with a client-designer, and Chaddock meeting at the High Point showroom. In a three-day design tour de force, with floor plans unfurled, furniture for the entire home was specified.

“Customizing furniture is in my DNA,” explains Beverly. “It’s how I achieve something truly unique and perfectly suited to the client and the space. Chaddock has some great pieces – that’s one of the things that draws me to the brand. But for me, that’s just a creative launch pad!”

From a manufacturing perspective, Chaddock loves to collaborate with designers. As rep Missy Mowery explains, “Our products have great bones. Designers can start with a fundamentally great piece and make it their own by changing size, finish, and other specs. Just about all Chaddock is made to order in Morganton, NC, so anything is possible.”

Beverly offers the Centre Table as an example. “I love the Centre Table, and I envisioned the changes we would make. I literally saw it in my head, and Chaddock made it happen. The table needed to fit the casual aesthetic of the space – not the sleek and contemporary Centre Table we so often see it at Market. I customized the table in Oak, scored the top, and finished it in Chaddock’s Greige with medium distress and low sheen. I also added two 20-inch extensions. I decided to match the finish on the Envelope Chairs. Perfection! It’s the room my clients wanted.”

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For the great room, Beverly loved Chaddock’s scoop-back Catalina chair, but wanted it to swivel. Chaddock made it happen. Beverly then took the standard Otto ottoman, supersized it by a third, changed the finish and replaced the button-tufted upholstered surface with a taunt top. Wow. The Meerlust Sofa underwent an amazing transformation in the great room as well. Beverly tweaked the design, increasing seat depth by 3 inches. Meerlust sits like a dream and looks fabulous in the space.

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In the master bedroom, Beverly’s design plan called for a large portrait mirror. She admired the Regent Mirror, but the proportions were all wrong at W30 X H80. Beverly blew it up to W75. The results are striking. Also in the master, two custom Somerset nightstands in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter flank the Pinciana Bed. The Flair Bench sits at the foot of the bed.

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In the mini-master bedroom, Beverly shape-shifted the Avery Bed to H65 so it would position perfectly beneath a trio of bedroom dormers, and specified it in the Debutant finish – pristine with no chain and no distress, Robin blue upholstery, and small pewter nails.

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The Seabrook Island project installed in mid-December, in time for the Chicago couple to host family and friends for the holidays. In a way, this is a Chaddock custom show house, since nearly all of the furniture in the house is custom Chaddock.

“Projects like this are a lot of work,” notes Beverly. “It takes a lot of time, patience, creativity and communication to make it all come together. Personally, I love the whole process, and I think Chaddock must too. They were with me every step of the way. I’ll be back. In fact, I have another Chaddock project set to install later this month!”

ABOUT BEVERLY BOHAN: Beverly is one of the Southeast’s top interior designers with commissions in the Charleston area and throughout the U.S. Together with her Haute Design team, Beverly seeks to translate client’s needs and desires for their homes, and is also expert in commercial, hospitality and retail design. Beverly and Haute Design are at the very forefront of current styles, but committed to the essential classics of timeless design.

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Pantone says that Greenery is the color of the year. Kate Middleton might say that tartan plaids are the pattern of the year. We think both are right on trend.

So do Chaddock designers Sarah Kennedy Dolce and Peter Sinnott IV. Chaddock introduced their prescient PS Four Console at the October High Point Market, just as the Duchess was likely off to the hunt in tartan, and Pantone had Greenery under wraps.

An open-form silhouette, PS Four has no secrets. All is revealed. The exterior is wrapped in gun-metal vinyl. The interior, like the beautiful lining of a couture jacket, is covered in a fresh green-and-yellow tartan plaid.

“Of course, we’re delighted that the piece is so on-trend,” Sarah notes, “but it’s important to remember that designers are not boxed in, so to speak.”

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Like most Chaddock styles, the PS Four Console can be specified in any fabric combination, including COM, and also in wood, with a selection from 50+ wood and paint finishes. Additionally, Chaddock is happy to customize dimensions so the table, again like most of the brand’s lineup, can be groomed to suit any design plan.

“Speaking to its versatility,” Peter adds that, “this console table is actually big brother to the PS Three Side Table, introduced earlier in 2016. We showed that in a faux croc with a tangerine suede interior. Chaddock says YES to all our ideas. Personalization and customization are the company’s wheelhouse.”

Pantone and famous style mavens aside, for the most part, designers who choose Chaddock set their own trends. Won’t you tell us what’s new in your fashionable world? We would love to spotlight your vision in an upcoming blog.

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At Chaddock, we love new beginnings. In fact, we look at every day as a chance to start over and be better than the day before. As you’ve heard me say many times, 2015 was a year of getting our house in order. In 2016, we demonstrated consistency and proved our strong capabilities in the areas of product, quality and service.

But today I want to look forward, not back. Top-ten lists are always fun and informational. Without further ado, here’s my top-ten list of what to expect from Chaddock in 2017.

#1 The A-Team – Chaddock continues to assemble the finest team of furniture pros in the industry … from skilled craftsmen and an all-star plant management team, to a growing and proactive sales team,  not to mention the many dedicated behind-the-scenes players supporting your business. What’s more, Chaddock’s owners and executive managers are all-in and committed to the growth of this brand.

#2 The A-List – YOU are on the A-list. It is our goal to establish meaningful relationships with the best designers and retailers in America and the world over. We believe that honesty, openness to feedback, and integrity in all our business dealings are essential to our success.

#3 Strategic Merchandising – We’ve established that Chaddock makes great furniture. 2017 will be the year of merchandising the assortment so that our manufacturing expertise offers designers and retailers logical, efficient and affordable programs. Specifically, look for news on a new Dining Table Program, and yet another significant tune-up for Studio C.

#4 Designer Collections & More – New product launch plans are in place for April and October, including some great new additions from Mary McDonald. The Guy Chaddock Monterey Collection – launched in October 2016 – will expand, and you’re going to see Chaddock branded collections become increasingly more important. As always, Larry Laslo and David Easton’s showroom presentations will inspire. We know you’ll like what you see.

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#5 Showing Our Work, and Yours! – Chaddock will ramp up digital communications to inspire consumers and designers with photos of exciting personalized or customized items live from our Morganton factory floor – and better yet, your stores and client installations. A picture says a thousand words. Won’t you share yours?

#6 Website Updates – Chaddockhome.com is a keen focus in 2017 with a twofold goal. Site navigation will be improved to put you in touch with relevant information quickly and intuitively. At the same time, the updated website will also inspire creativity with fresh images and behind-the-scenes stories that breathe life into our brand.

#7 Made in America – To turn a familiar phrase around, we believe that what’s good for America is good for Chaddock. We are committed to creating jobs and investing in people and technology in Morganton, NC.

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#8 Industry-Best Lead Times – Chaddock continued to make tremendous lead time advancements in 2016. We will regularly update retailers and designers on our performance. The key take-away for you as we enter a new year is that you may TRUST our ability to deliver and order CHADDOCK with confidence.

#9  Chaddock College – WOW, what a great inaugural session of Chaddock College in November! It’s a program that’s here to stay. The 2017 calendar will be announced soon. And, we are working diligently (and we believe successfully) to secure IDCEC CEU accreditation.

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#10 Continuous Improvement – At Chaddock we take nothing for granted. We understand that we must earn your business every day. Past success is no guarantee of future greatness. The mindset of working hard to improve every day is part of the Chaddock culture – and is the esprit de corps behind our 2017 undertakings.

From Morganton, North Carolina, to our valued retail and design partners, thank you for your business in 2016 and all the best for 2017 and beyond.

 

mm-collage-altDesigners tell us that Mary McDonald’s collection for Chaddock is timeless, even here at the start of a brand-new year. Mary is both a trend watcher and a trendsetter. We caught up with her at the very start of this New Year to see what’s up and coming in her crystal ball for 2017.

Mary says crystal, for one thing. Mary tells us to look for “faceted and ever changing ice, stone, rock layers,” and even crystal in 2017. Authenticity might be the buzzword with “facets, fissures, fractures, and all shapes resembling nature’s movement.”

Mary McDonald gives a thumb’s up to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery. “Everyone will have a green thumb for the color green,” Mary says. We wonder if PMS15-0343 will factor in the designer’s April Market showroom presentation at Chaddock…. There’s so much to look forward to in 2017.

Finally, Mary predicts that “anything with the hand of a paint brush will find its way into fabrics and wallpapers” in 2017. May we add case goods to the list? Chaddock furniture is finished to perfection by hand. Distressing – mimicking nature’s beloved imperfections – and visible brush strokes are essential finish features. Good to know we’re right on trend!

Of course, Mary McDonald’s most compelling statement of what’s new and next for 2017 will be revealed in April, when the designer introduces significant new pieces to her 50+ piece collection for Chaddock. It’s not too early to mark your calendar. Look for Mary McDonald at the corner of Green (such a timely street name) and Hamilton starting April 21, 2017.

Above: Some of the textures, tones, shapes and images that speak to Mary’s 2017 forecast. Top from left: the designer, Drayton Center Table with a custom finish, fissure in the natural world, sculptural Georgia Star Back Chair by Mary McDonald. Bottom from left: Monochromatic facets, Etoile Side Table by Mary McDonald, accessories inspired by nature, gold and silver leaf finish setup at Chaddock’s Morganton factory. 

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“Of course, I’ve been expecting your call,” says Larry Laslo when we rang him up for bon mots on the matter of 2017 trends. Larry is on everyone’s call sheet when it comes to forecasting what’s new and next. He never disappoints.

He wanted to start with Greenery. In the world according to Larry, color trends are entirely cyclical. “It looks like green is about to have a moment – again,” he notes, referencing Pantone’s recent 2017 color pick. “I was smitten with Kelly Green at the last High Point Market. I think it might give Greenery a run for its money.”

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  1. A RETURN TO THE CLASSICS, architecturally. Streamlined, ultra modern style may have had its day. I’m seeing more appreciation for classic architectural forms as a palette for self expression – not as the endgame – but a means to an end. That’s got 2017 written all over it.

eden2. GO TO THE GARDEN. Real is going to be hot in 2017. Perhaps a response to artifice? I can’t say, but clearly, design motifs honoring nature – real flowers, natural tactile fabrics, luminous wood grains, stone, marble, granite and metals. Maybe that’s what Greenery is really all about!

llfloral3. ANIMAL MAGNETISM. From cheetah to chinchilla, faux animal prints have long been part of my design vocabulary. And I’m not alone. What’s new and hot for 2017 is the reinvention of these prints with variations in scale – mini to mega – on a variety of materials like leather, lacquer, wood and glass. Unleashed potential in 2017, so to speak!

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