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New, Modern Sleeper Sofas: Made in USA

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Apt 2B, a company that makes some very attractive modern chairs and sofas in the USA, says that it has repeatedly received requests from customers to create a sleeper sofa. They recently decided to respond and you can see their new sleeper sofa designs here.

Below are a few examples of the line, which has both queen-size and apartment sleeper sofas in a wide variety of fabrics.

According to Apt 2B, “Our queen-size and apartment sleeper sofas are made in the U.S. with the finest craftsmanship. In fact, most are constructed right in Los Angeles, with certified sustainable, locally sourced materials, so they appeal to the environmentalist in you while not costing a fortune. They have features like solid wood frames, thick innerspring pillow top mattresses, high-density foam cushions and breathable hypo-allergenic fabrics that are easily cleaned.”


To see all the Made-in-USA merchandise at Apt 2B, go here.


Rustic Bedroom Set from Reclaimed Barn Wood: Made in USA

I was checking to see what was new on the Sundance site, part of Robert Redford’s group that gives us the Sundance Film Festival. They carry quite a few Made-in-USA items and I thought this bedroom set was pretty interesting.

It’s called the Pacifica Barnwood Collection and it’s made from reclaimed barn wood exclusively for Sundance. It has a rustic look perfect for a vacation cabin. There are 4 pieces.BarnwoodFurnitureUSA1Pacifica Barnwood Platform BedBarnwoodFurnitureUSA6 Pacifica Barn Wood Dresser, High
BarnwoodFurnitureUSA5Pacifica Barnwood Nightstand
BarnwoodFurnitureUSA3Pacifica Barnwood Dresser, Low
BarnwoodFurnitureUSA2In this close-up you can see the richness of the wood.

See all of the unique Made-in-USA furniture at Sundance.

Regards, Kathy

Old Wine Barrels Transformed!

We always enjoy finding products that are unique. So, when we came across Top Shelf Barrel Furniture, we knew right away we wanted to write about it.BarrelTrayWine barrel tray

The Brownwood, Texas firm takes old red wine barrels from California and turns them into incredible furniture and home design items, like the tray above and the shot glass holder at the top of the post. It almost doesn’t matter what your style is, because these pieces can fit into a variety of surroundings.81AGy37YeoL._SY500_Personalized dog bed.

Do you like wine? Do you like dogs? Well, Top Shelf has you covered. There are two styles of dog beds available, the model shown above and a larger style. Both are personalized and the larger one has a storage compartment to hold some of your best friend’s goodies.A1HEtR-GiRL._SY500_Wine barrel copper sink vanity.

When I saw this barrel vanity, all I could think about was standing above it and shaving with a straight razor like some character out of the Old West. Then I remembered previous experiences that involved cuts and blood, so I decided it would be a great place to wash the dirt off my hands after a hard day’s work.91tNf6AgBsL._SY500_Mirror

The round shape of a wine barrel seems to lend itself to being the perfect housing for a mirror.
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How about a vintage wine barrel that can hold a keg of your favorite beverage and deliver it in style? It’s perfect for the man cave.

To see all of Top Shelf’s products, go here. 



Snap Your Fingers and You Have an “Art Wall”: Made-in-USA

Ever try to decorate a wall with a bunch of small art pieces? It can be very hard to assemble a grouping that works well together. But here’s a solution: “Art Walls,” which are groups of five items carefully selected to give you a ready-made mini-gallery.

And they just happen to be marked down at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale until August 7.imageMy favorite is the National Park grouping. The graphics are wonderful and they go well with many different styles of decor.imageLike all the groupings, it us designed to be versatile and can be displayed a number of ways.imageThe collection of seaside images called Fifth Street will light up the living space of any beach lover.imageAs will the collection called Ombré Beach.

See all 12 Art Walls here.



A Stroll Through Crate and Barrel: What’s Made in America?

It’s easy to get so accustomed to the idea that “Nothing’s made in America anymore,” you barely bother to look at the tags when shopping at major retail stores. That’s why we’ve decided to start a new series of posts that will appear occasionally on the Americanologists Blog. The theme is “A Stroll Through…” and each time we will report on the many American-made products we find at a major retailer.

Our first outing happened this past weekend, when we visited a Crate and Barrel store. While the vast majority of the merchandise was made in Asia, there were some notable exceptions, particularly in upholstered and wood furniture.

IMG_8298The Karnes Twin Sleeper Sofa is sleek and modern – no heavy, clunky appearance that’s gives away its role as an extra bed.

IMG_8323The Davis Leather Chair would be a welcome addition to any guy-space.

IMG_8301The Victuals Bar Cabinet is a stunner; the grown-up bar you’ve always wanted.

IMG_8319The  Hendrix desk is ideal for open-concept living. Fill the front with books and it looks like it belongs in a living room, while the back looks like a rustic desk.
IMG_8315Inviting and pretty, the Elyse Chair seems like a great place to curl up with a book.

IMG_8313The beautiful Cavett Loveseat is Made in the USA from sustainable American Walnut.
IMG_8307Hundreds of pewter nailheads give the Dryden Chair a touch of old-school glamour.IMG_8294The Kendall desk fits well in a mid-century modern setting.
IMG_8303The Lounge II Sectional is the perfect family-time gathering spot.
IMG_8297Upholstered headboards are Made in the USA too.

IMG_8310Multiple pieces of artwork were American-made. This giclee print by called “Fox” is by Emma Brooks.  Other USA-made wall art can be found here.

Want to see more? Here’s a link to all of Crate and Barrel’s USA-made products.