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The Beautiful World of Buffets

When you hear the word “buffet,” you probably think of an endless row of food that usually ends with a full belly and heartburn. However, when it comes to decorating your home, a buffet may be the option you need when you are looking to complete a dining room, have an empty entryway or just need a piece with lots of storage. Buffets –  sometimes referred to as sideboards –come in a wide variety of sizes, materials and styles that will leave you hard pressed not to find the perfect one at our showroom or warehouse. When you come to visit us, keep these few things in mind.

How much storage do you need?

The main function of a buffet is usually storage. Buffets are great pieces to fill a room that otherwise doesn’t have cabinets, a closet or some other designated space to keep your possessions. They are usually placed in dining rooms to store china and make the room look less bare. Depending on the size of the room and how much you have to store is important to keep in mind. Some may need a large buffet like our eight-foot Umbria Sideboard, while something smaller like the Essex Buffet could suffice. It all depends on how much space you have to spare.

How neat are you?

When it comes to decorating, one rule remains constant: Clutter is not cute. Much like the trend of floating shelves in kitchens, buffets can have or not have doors, or be see-throughwith glass, like the MSI 442. Therefore, you need to be honest with yourself about how organized you plan to be when showing off your prized china.

Where do you want to place your buffet?

While buffets are usually located in the dining room, there is no reason they have to be confined to that space. A buffet can work in an entryway as a catchall or can even spruce up a hallway with decorative tchotchkes, flowers or mirror. For example, our Haxby Buffet, is a versatile design that will shine in any room. By taking these few questions into consideration, you can choose the right buffet to use and make sure it won’t cause you any belly ache.

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Industrial Furniture in Houston

Industrial furniture Houston

What is industrial furniture?

This is a style that originates with the great depression of the 1920’s where many factories had to close and people took factory furniture into their homes for daily use.  Today the industrial furniture style can be achieved by using furniture from factories, vintage furniture, as well as factory equipment that is re-purposed for home use.

Where the industrial furniture comes from?

Most of our industrial furniture comes from India, which was under the administration of Great Britain until 1947 when India declared their independence.  After this, many of the British companies and people left India, leaving behind factories and a great rail road system.  Since then, India has updated their factories and rail roads, in part with French technologies.  Now it is possible to find vintage British and French factory items in India.  We have been traveling to India for more that two decades where our contacts take us to their great findings, and we bring them to our stores in Houston.

Some Examples of Industrial Furniture

The Cleo lamp is a vintage French industrial table lamp.

The LDN 349 is an industrial work table that makes a great console table.

The LDN 330 is a vintage industrial barstool.

The Dunlap mirror is an industrial iron window panel.

The LDN 310 is an industrial bookcase with iron wheels.

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What is Reclaimed Wood Furniture?

Reclaimed wood furniture, Houston.

What is Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood is a product that has been discarded and ready for disposal.  Instead of taking it to the trash it is rescued to be reused, hence it is call “reclaimed”.  Doing this is beneficial to the environment because it is a source of good quality wood preventing the need to fall more trees.  This is also more cost effective, making it possible to offer exotic woods at an affordable price.

Where the Reclaimed Wood comes from?

We source our woods mostly from eastern countries, like India, Indonesia and China.  These countries have a rich tradition of hand-carving wood.  Thus, making beautiful figures and patterns for their buildings.  When these old buildings are demolished, we rescue these architectural features and use them in our furniture.  This way a window panel becomes a door for a sideboard, and a door frame becomes the frame of a bookcase.

Another source of reclaimed wood comes from old lumber companies that use to fall trees on a mountain side and drop them to the river and float them to the lumber mill.  During this process a good number of trees get wasted on the banks of the rivers.  Today we are going back to the river banks to find this wood.  Sometimes we find a tree that has fallen naturally.  In this case we try to keep the natural features of the wood, making furniture with living edges and rustic styling.

Finally we get a lot of planks from buildings and other structures.  These planks can be from houses, such as walls or floors.  We also get some planks from old trains, and pretty much wherever we can find them.  One of our chairs is made with planks of wood that we reclaim from an old pier.

Why should I buy furniture made of Reclaimed Wood?

There are several reasons to do this:

First, it is ecological.  You can get good quality, exotic woods while avoiding damaging the forest.  Some of the woods we carry are even protected species that are endangered because of unethical lumbering.  For these woods, the only legal way to get them is by reclaiming them.

Another good reason is that our pieces are unique.  Even if we have more than one, they will be totally different when it comes to colors, sizes, carving figures and details. This is the main reason we don’t sell online.  The products in our pictures are totally unique and custumers will receive a different looking piece of furniture.  We prefer you to come to one of our Houston stores and have a look at our inventory so you are sure you’ll love the one that you buy.

Finally, reclaimed wood is very cost effective.  This makes our furniture very affordable when considering the types of woods and the quality of the workmanship.

Some examples of reclaimed wood furniture:

The CTT 73 is a media console table that features reclaimed window panels and reclaimed hand carved details.

CTT 118 is a bookcase with a reclaimed door frame that features traditional hand-carvings.

Armchair, reclaimed wood furniture, from old pier.

RIS 545 is an armchair made with wood that was reclaimed from an old pier.

Bruno 18″ is an end table made of a section cut from a reclaimed tree.

The Croft console table features a top of reclaimed wood and an iron base for a modern look.

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The Best Furniture Store in Houston

Home Source furniture is proud to present the most popular items in our huge collection of eclectic furniture.  These featured pieces are our best sellers.  Our customers love them, they look great and are very affordable.

If you are looking for one of a kind pieces of furniture we invite to look at our Rare Finds.

Best media cabinet on our Houston store

Best Media Console

The Grish walnut 71″ is a Zen inspired media console with an open back.  Made of solid wood and finished in walnut, this media cabinet features clean lines and geometrical shapes that perfectly harmonize your media center. This console is so affordable and versatile that some costumers buy two and set them side by side to fill large rooms.

Best lounge chair in our Houston store

Best Lounge Chair

The Harlow lounge chair, is an arm chair with traditional lines.  The back and seat are constructed in genuine vintage leather, while the the wooden frame is rich in graceful curves and elegant profile.  Comfortable and great looking, the transitional design makes it fit perfectly in modern and traditional spaces.

Best Coffee Table

The RIS 442 coffee table is a fantastic piece of solid Teak root with a hand rubbed finish.  This coffee table will bring a big chunk of nature to your living room.  An excellent conversational piece of furniture!

Best desk on our Houston store

Best Desk

The Argos desk is a Mid Century design, with a curved profile.  With a natural finish on the top and dark walnut on the rest, the contrast is striking.  The vintage features of this desk include the stylized, solid wooden legs that elevates the desk above the floor.  Our customers love the high fashion and value of this piece of furniture.

Best Dining Table in out Houston store.

Best Dining Table

The 39″x79″ Lowell dining table is a total hit.  The simplicity of the design makes this table a timeless piece of furniture.  Perfect for any style, from traditional country to modern.  Built with solid reclaimed hardwood and finished in walnut to show the grain of the wood.  This table creates a luxurious dining experience at a budget price.

Best bed on our Houston store.

Best Bed

The Strassa bed is a king size bed, with traditional hand carved panels and a natural finish.  The traditional style of the bed is updated with the minimal finish to make this bed a wonderful piece of furniture.  The natural hues of real wood are trendy in Europe.