This past week, Florida Living Quarters went to what we call “Fashion Week in the Furniture World,” High Point Furniture Market. It’s where we visit our vendors and get first insight on fresh new products. Amongst the 180 buildings during High Point Furniture Market, open to the trade, there are two Uttermost showrooms.
Uttermost is a company that is featured on Chachkies.com, sold in retail showrooms and specified by designers. They have hundreds of new introductions mixed in with their current items every market so it makes every visit fresh and exciting! Uttermost features a few designer items such as Carolyn Kinder, Grace Feyock, Billy Moon, Matthew Williams, David Frisch, Joe Famulari, and Constance Lael-Linyard. The line has evolved over the years and is continuously sourcing new art and furnishings with high style at an affordable price that Florida Living Quarters and Chachkies can bring to you!
As I was toured through the showroom, I was greeted by a familiar smile- It was Mac! This past week I had the privilege to meet and hear first hand from one of our preferred vendors during High Point Furniture Market, Mac Cooper , President/CEO of Uttermost. He took the time to share with me how the company is in it’s 40th year in business which was started by his parents. In addition, the Uttermost family includes hundreds of employees in VA, CA, Asia, and over a hundred sales representatives globally. I realized that he and I share similarity when it comes to growing up with an entrepreneurial family. To make our similarities even more bazaar, my team at FLQ is running a local race for charity on April 25th, as well as Mac. According to one of his previous posts he is running “Blue Ridge Half Marathon, a race that is labeled as America’s toughest road marathon.” Mac is a past recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and appeared very grounded and humble during our recent interview. Giving credit to his family and the people that have made it all possible. When you buy from priority dealers such as FLQ, you buy a piece of American Grown businesses like ours.
Uttermost has a variety of home furnishing items such as accent furniture, lighting, rugs, wall decor, accessories, and clocks. Some of my favorite art is the hand painted on canvas because they are each slightly different and allow the design oriented customer an original piece at an affordable price. At both the Orlando and Lake Mary stores on average the wall art sells at $300 on up and you can take it home with you that day or order online at www.chachkies.com The sister category to art is “alternative wall decor”. You can get unique wall decor made of metal, wood, and resin. One of my favorites, is the hand carved wood panels- They are heavy and unique. http://www.chachkies.com You can source items for alternative wall decor (meaning non traditional canvas painted art) in a variety of combinations as some are sold in pairs as shown in the photo image.
Their furnishings are made using a variety of materials such as metal, wood, painted wood, and mirrored glass pieces. The upholstery has textured fabrics and captivating patterns on their accent chairs. They love to add surprise with fun fabrics to the backs of chair and on ottomans. Our transitional client enjoys that because it allows the pieces to be enjoyed from every angle. Today most furnishings and accent items can float in a room, meaning that it is not pressed up against a wall, therefore it’s important to not miss the details on the front as well as the backs of upholstered items and accent tables.
Lastly, the Uttermost lighting collection is growing. I was overjoyed to see unique pendant lighting that was laser cut and made of metal. As a designer, I love oversize pendants that I can use over kitchen islands and nook areas. Pops of color lighting for fun kids rooms and play areas as well as fabulous glam lighting for foyers and guest rooms. There is something mesmerizing about being able to lay on a bed and look up to see the sparkles as shown in this guest room using Fascination, 3 Lt Hanging Shade http://www.chachkies.com/products/uttermost-fascination-3-light-slken-drum-pendant-21908 The Uttermost lighting collection continues to grow every market with transitional lighting designs.
Florida Living Quarters and Chachkies.com are your source for Uttermost products because we show some of the products in our showrooms, we use them on installations in our clients’ homes, we can guide you on placement, have up to date information and an ongoing relationship with Uttermost so you can buy with confidence. Contact us today for design services or shop online knowing you are buying from a trusted source. Buy unique, Buy American, and Buy Designer Approved!