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Post# 989406   4/4/2018 at 08:56 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Ethan Allen delivered a new sofa last Friday morning. Very satisfied!
Quality seems excellent. Four people who made it signed it under the seat cushions. Frame line is listed, assembler, inside upholsterer, outside upholsterer, inspector.
It came with arm protectors and two pillows which are down filled. They are heavy for pillows.

Post# 989411 , Reply# 1   4/4/2018 at 09:42 by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Ethan Allen makes some quality furnishings, you should enjoy your purchase for many many years. The ex and I did their 18th Century line of dining room furniture, coffee and end tables. Wickedly expensive but so very beautiful. He got it in the divorce, but its ok, I'm more of the Mission style kind of guy anyway.


Post# 989414 , Reply# 2   4/4/2018 at 10:15 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Glad to hear it's still good stuff.  My ex bought a sofa and chair from Ethan Allen back in 2004.  Being the frugal guy I am I was not thrilled with the price and it was a long wait to get it delivered.


However I was won over by the quality.  Both pieces had removable covers on all the cushions that could be cleaned (as well as the nice arm protectors) and both pieces wore extremely well. 



Post# 989415 , Reply# 3   4/4/2018 at 10:27 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Hey Jim;

Thanks, sorry 'bout that, but it happened to me once also. I hope it wasn't recent. I figured you had a spouse from your post about "we wear sweaters in the house" and keep the temp. at 68.
I had to let my ex keep the furniture from Englanders in Birmingham because I had not enough room for it.
Sectional and dining set. I kept the Thomasville American country bedroom suite, and armoire. Still have it all. It doesn't bother my spouse because I selected and paid for it anyway.
Moved our old Lazy boy leather sofa from 2004 to the basement, and finally threw out mother in laws herculon Flexsteel plaid one that was down there since then.
We can afford nice furniture now that it's just us. My dad also left us a little something.
Still on order is an EA Ridgedale cabinet in sharkfin grey, and a Bennet track arm shadow grey leather chair and ottoman with nickel nail trim.
Sofa is the Arcata 81 inch 2 cushion in stark (light) grey heavy wear polyester/rayon chenile. Raisin color wood base. I liked the mid century flair.
Wish list for next year is their Corrin trestle dining table.
Meanwhile, I got cheap chair pads for our old set, and a nice rug at Home Goods for $70 bucks.

Post# 989636 , Reply# 4   4/6/2018 at 07:39 by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Oh yeah, that's ancient history a little over 12 years ago. Erik and I have been together for 11 now, think I got it right this time :)

I forgot about Englanders, now there's a name from the past. Art Van seems to rule the furniture market there, here its Raymour and Flannigan. I desperately need a new sectional so have been looking, everything just seems like junk now. And quality stuff, as you know, is expensive.

Lots of my Mission pieces are from Stickley, bought them at E.J. Audi dealer in Manhattan. Great quality pieces, beautiful quarter sawn oak. Now they opened a few shops here in NJ which I am trying very hard to stay out of! :)

Post# 989651 , Reply# 5   4/6/2018 at 11:26 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Oh, great Jim!

Joe and I have been together almost 24 years. We made it legal two years ago.
I think it's maybe never always easy. Both have to be willing to accept, compromise, and allow each other to be individuals.
Back to furniture; Art Van Auslander died in January. I think most of the family has divested from the company. They do not carry very top quality brands anymore.
Lazy Boy is their top.
They absorbed Dobb's in the early 90's.
We also like Stickley. My sisters neighbor in Brighton may selling her Stickley dining room set. I've not seen it yet. Same sister is taking my folks Victorian 6 ft. long arched beveled glass door china. I gave my brother their final & pediemnt and sculpted drawer cherry secretary.
Is you mom still living? My dad passed Dec. 1st. My siblings want the house sold asap. My middle sister lives there, but wants to move. I told them all whatever they want to do is fine. The neighborhood there in Southgate seems to be changing. It's one street from Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is not what is was.
Last week, I saw on the news that a pick up had it's tailgate stolen from a driveway in Allen Park. Recorded on security camera, while the thief's own truck was in the street.
Crime where we live is still among the states lowest.

Post# 989669 , Reply# 6   4/6/2018 at 16:47 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Yeah, Art Van is their mid-range store, their upper-end in Scott Shuptrine. Apparently they offer franchising and are expanding into the Midwest...St. Louis, specifically.

Post# 989695 , Reply# 7   4/6/2018 at 20:58 by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Congrats on putting a ring on it! :) Erik really wants to tie the knot, it's not that important to me but it is to him so we'll work on the details this year.

Last time I was home, my sister wanted to get a new pieces of furniture so off to Art Vans we went. It was a nice experience and I was pleased with the price, they sure have Raymour and Flannigan here beat.

Sorry to hear about your dad. That's tough, and selling the family house won't be very easy either. I used to manage the Arby's in Southgate on Eureka rd. I'm sure like most downriver towns, area's change.

Yes, my mom is still with us, will be 90 this year. So many health problems so we take every day as a blessing. She is a tough cookie and it's unfair to see what life has given her these past few years.

You probably also saw the attempted home invasion in Allen Park a few days ago. That was the street next to my mom's. Now it has my sister more paranoid than normal. I'm getting a locksmith to come and evaluate their doors and locks and beef them up and possibly install a Ring doorbell. I worry so much about these 2 women living alone. We have an aide that stays with mom during the day, but this attempted invasion was also during the broad day light.

Post# 989728 , Reply# 8   4/7/2018 at 05:19 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Jim, Allen park is the jewel

of older down river. My sister had an alarm system installed a few years ago. I guess you can't be too careful anyplace theses days. We've had one since 2004. Crooks also stake out nicer areas. I kept finding our exterior garage door remote keypad opened after returning home. Tells me someone was trying to fudge the rolling codes. Now We make sure we also lock the door from the garage to the house. Cameras help also. A large Fed Ex truck backed in our 2 year old drive, and cracked it. All on camera.
I don't consider Brownstown or Woodhaven more desirable because it's newer.
My cousin moved off of Grosse Ille to a condo in Trenton. Too much yard, too much upkeep for a couple close to age 60.
We view our legal marriage as a benefit for power of attorney, when or if one of us becomes aged or very ill. Also health insurance is taxed differently. It's a bit less for mine. I am the dependent now. I've not had my own coverage since 2009.
Also regardless of any living trust, or will, a legal spouse inherits all assets without inheritance tax, aside from any prenup., of course. Of course if inheritance tax is with held from an IRA, annuity, or stock portfolio and the amount is below about a million, most of it is refunded, providing the survivor has no other windfall profit.
Aside form all that, it's what is in your hearts which matters. Congratulations! Be happy, healthy, prosperous! Our rings are 24 years old, don't fit anymore. Joe has an arthritic ring finger. We still celebrate our anniversary on the old date.
I think some younger couples aren't yet mature enough to know that it takes 5 years for most marriages to fully bond. Sex takes a back seat to true intimacy after a long time also. We know one younger couple in their early 30's who used to say they weren't touchy feely after the fun, but now they are, and were married last year.
My nephew met his partner in college at the center for Creative studies near the art institute. They are in their late 20's, living together in Chicago now.
They have two big dogs, a nice place, and seem happy. I don't know if they plan to get hitched. Maybe they won't even tell anyone if they do. Both were raised very religious. My sister in law wrote my mom a note once to keep me away from my nephews. So I obliged her. Now she asks if she did something to make her son gay.
Isn't that a kick in the pants? I forgave her, me being me.
She is something though, even asked why she was excluded form my parents estate.
My brother wasn't. She thinks just because he is on her dads estate, she should have been also on ours. Not really the norm. She even wanted my moms wedding ring.
Peace you two!

Post# 989731 , Reply# 9   4/7/2018 at 07:40 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Interesting to hear the spin on downriver...we're in Pleasant Ridge up along Woodward--wouldn't trade it for a minute---luckily don't have to even think about security, cameras, etc---police are 1/4 mile away! I've been here in Michigan since 2005--working downtown at the RenCen all of it...only crime I've been part of was further out (in Royal Oak)...smash/grab from my car in one of the parking decks...I'd left a gift bag on the front seat in the car going from one holiday event to another and oops----still was finding glass under the seat when I sold the car several years later.

Post# 989748 , Reply# 10   4/7/2018 at 10:35 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
true Jamie,

Pleasant Ridge and Huntington Woods are mainly residential. Royal Oak attracts crowds of young and some undesirables looking for trouble. Also smaller.
However, for a first time home buyer, down river, or the west side suburbs are more affordable.
The Warren mayor wants to develop it's civic center further for commercial and new residential to attract millenial's and upwardly mobile investment.
It's a dilemma faced with inner ring suburbs. Some plight from the inner cities have reached there close borders with the very oldest streets. Example; Eminem's boyhood street. Likely mostly low income rentals now.

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