As my husband will attest, I can look at furniture all day. And when I am on the road I never miss an opportunity to scout out a potential resource, shop or sale I have read about. And holiday travel is not exempt - last Christmas' trip to New York included visits to museums, the theater and an industrial park in New Jersey so I could pick up a piece of furniture at the Chelsea Textiles warehouse sale (FYI - it is going on right now!)
So, Tuesday had me in Connecticut for the day where the Lillian August outlet in South Norwalk is conveniently located off Interstate 95. The vast space had a huge inventory of upholstered pieces and case goods in various styles, including designs from other well known companies. Following are a few favorites currently in stock.
Oly Studio's Sophie chair upholstered in raffia.
This arm chair, round-back dining chair, trestle table and chandelier look like they are right out of Restoration Hardware's Belgian-influenced collection.
There was a room full of oversize mirrors.
This adorable Lillian August slipper chair almost come home with me.
I fell in love with this beautiful bookcase - if only I had a wall long enough to accommodate it.
The outlet had several upholstered pieces by Lee, a good source for well-crafted, American made furniture. This slip-covered chair is very shabby chic.
There was a large selection of dining chairs, mostly in sets of six.
The outlet is also a good resource for accessories. They had a nice selection of Chelsea Textiles needlepoint pillows.
Antler decor - very trendy right now.
There was also a selection of Pine Cone Hill bedding. You had to dig around a little, but the hunt is half the fun of outlet shopping.
And the easiest face lift for a sofa - new throw pillows. There were a lot of cheerful options.
Outlet shopping for furniture is great for instant gratification - if you need a new sofa and can't wait 6 to 12 weeks - but it can be hit or miss so don't go with any expectations. I recommend having measurements for the size of anything you have in mind and of the space you want to fill, and if you have them, swatches of any fabrics you might be trying to work with. Safe travels!