Smith Village Furnishings Expands Their In-Home Room Planning Service
Jacobus, PA / December 8, 2015 / PR Newswire
Smith Village Home Furnishings (SMITH VILLAGE) a family run, award-winning furniture retailer, announced plans to increase their In-Home Room Planning Service. The complimentary In-Home Design Consultation & Room-Planning service helps customers with furniture (brand, placement, and size), as well as how to blend colors and patterns in their own home or at the store. They help create a stylish, comfortable room, and their advice is an integral part of the shopping experience at Smith Village.
“As a family-run business that’s been a part of the community since 1932, we have always tried to provide exceptional service and a unique buying experience that the big-box retailers simply can’t replicate,” states Colleen Schaffner, Director of Marketing at Smith Village Home Furnishings. She continues: “We carry many of the name brands found in larger chain stores and even offer free financing to help our clients, but we also offer a 5% cash discount on purchases over $600.00, even on sale items, when paid in full at time of purchase. And to ensure we maintain our 99% customer satisfaction rate, we offer a 5-day/no hassle return policy.”
Smith Village showcases furniture for the Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom, Home Office, and Serta Mattresses. As part of the Furniture First buying group, Smith Village is able to offer competitive pricing and has been awarded ‘Retailer of the Year.’ More recently, they were voted the #1 Furniture and #1Mattress store in York County by York Sunday Newsreader ballot. These awards further validate the extra time dedicated to their clients, the variety of name brands and the fair prices offered by Smith Village Home Furnishings.
About Smith Village Home Furnishings:
Founded in 1932 in Jacobus, PA, originally as a gas station and general store, the family run businesses has prospered and grown over the years. As the Internet has evolved they’ve stayed at the forefront, providing their customers with an easy to use website where they can view furniture and manipulate an interactive Room Planner that helps users create accurate room layouts quickly and easily including doors, windows, and other structural elements, all in the comfort of their own home. Visit www.smithvillage.com for more information.
Contact for Smith Village Home Furnishings: Colleen Schaffner, Director of Marketing at (717) 428-1921
You don’t want to spend your money on a beautiful new living room group, only to find when it’s delivered that it doesn’t work in your room! At Smith Village, all of our furniture consultants are trained to help you achieve the best floorplan and the best upholstery fabrics for your space. You can help by bringing along any paint colors, flooring swatches, and a quick sketch of your room with doorways, windows and measurements marked. Our sales consultants can eliminate the fear of choosing the wrong size, color or style, and can then direct you to the best choices to meet your needs and your space.They are also familiar with the best fabrics for your situation if you have pets or children. Or a husband. 😉
This is how it usually works. A sales associate will greet you upon your arrival, and depending on your preferences will either allow you to browse, or assist you in your search. If you have questions, your salesperson will be available to answer them. As your search narrows down, our associate will gather pertinent info from you, such as size of the room, what activities your family enjoys – or would like to enjoy – in the room, how much seating you need, and your design preferences.
Once you have narrowed down your selection, it’s time to start looking at fabrics. Generally, the cover you see on the piece on the floor is the way we stock it in our warehouse. These are usually your least expensive option. Sometimes there will be a select group of covers available to you at a small price increase. These are covers that the manufacturer keeps in stock, so ship time is often shorter than that of a fully custom piece. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this group of fabrics, you enter the realm of a fully custom piece. Your consultant can guide you to what fabrics can be used on what piece; certain fabrics such as stripes, plaids or napped fabrics can only be used on certain frames. Each manufacturer has their own guidelines regarding this – your salesperson will be able to advise you.
Some fabrics are more costly than others, and this cost is not necessarily an indication of their durability or suitability for the furniture you are looking at. A very inexpensive microfiber might wear extremely well, while a lighter weight fabric that doesn’t hold up as well could be very expensive. Your salesperson can help you keep your choice within a price range that is comfortable for you. They will also be able to help you pull coordinating fabric for pillows or accent pieces.
Probably the hardest part of custom ordering is waiting for your new pieces to arrive. Your consultant will give you an approximation of how long it will take to manufacture your items. Our customer care department will call you and schedule your delivery date when your order actually arrives in our warehouse. Different manufacturers require different lead times – some ship as quickly as 3 weeks, others can take longer. Keep this in mind if you’re ordering furniture that you will need for a special event, so you can be sure it will arrive in time for your plans.
Does it seem like a lot of work? It does take some time when you have so many decisions to make, but our furniture consultants know their way around a sofa, so to speak, and they can eliminate a lot of your doubts and fears about custom ordering new upholstery. And in the end, your beautiful new room will make you forget any of the doubts you might have had.
So come on in and give us a try… All you have to lose is your old drab room!
It’s been a standard in the furniture industry for many years to create a suite of pieces with matching styling, finish and hardware. It reduced the stress of the consumer who could be sure that their room, once done, would all “go” together. But the old ways are being challenged. Gaining steadily greater momentum in the interior design world is that of mixing a variety of styles and finishes of home decor within a single room. As in so many other areas, the internet changed the public’s attitude toward the boxed set look. All the interest in going green made re-used, recycled and one-of-a-kind pieces the new norm. Social media sites like Pinterest and Polyvore spread the look as users assembled their own collections of pieces and assimilated the looks pinned by others. People looking to freshen up their homes post recession – without breaking their budgets – saw the utility of occasional pieces that could be used in different ways throughout the house.
The furniture industry is notoriously slow to accept change, and the matched set has been its bread and butter for many years, but now manufacturers are beginning to embrace the change, and the accent piece business is booming. The industry is also incorporating this change by including different finishes and styles within one collection. This makes it easier for the timid customer to get an eclectic look with the assurance that the varied styles will all work together.
If you are ready to take the plunge into mix and match, the bedroom is perhaps the easiest place to start. Headboards and footboards are increasingly luxurious and ornate, and they are more and more upstaging the case pieces in a room.
Let an occasional piece stand in for the bedside table, use a decorative mirror instead of one that matches the dresser and POOF! You’ve got a much more collected and personal look, rather than something that looks like it all came out of one big box.
The same approach can be used in a living area. Instead of two matching lamps on two matching end tables, try mixing it up. A good way to maintain scale when using mismatched pieces is to use a taller end table with a shorter lamp on one side of your sofa, and the reverse on the other.
And by all means use a chair in a coordinating fabric rather than the one that comes with the sofa group!
If you’re unsure about creating a cohesive look with individual pieces, ask your furniture salesperson to assist you. They are trained to help you put together a look that works visually, while at the same time expressing your unique personality.
The best part of this eclectic decorating approach is that your home becomes a mirror of your personality, a place that feels like an extension of yourself. And you’ll never have to worry about visitors walking in your front door and saying “My sister’s living room looks just like this!”
There are two things you can count on every April in North Carolina: The beautiful blooming azaleas, and the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point. Known simply as “Market” in the industry, the show at High Point is the largest furniture industry trade show in the world, with 180 different buildings totaling over 10 million square feet.
This is where retail furniture buyers go every spring and every fall, to check out what’s new from their favorite manufacturers, and to scout out exciting new additions for their showroom floors. It’s a time every buyer looks forward to and dreads at the same time. There’s always the possibility of finding a great new resource, but that comes at the expense of long days, sore feet, and overwhelmed minds. It’s exciting, it’s mind boggling and it’s exhausting. Like a giant mall with nothing to see but home furnishings, buyers from around the world try to squeeze more than 24 hours from each day; to see one more upholstery resource, one more accessories vendor, one more bedroom manufacturer.
Vendors unveil new introductions during the High Point shows, and collections sink or swim based on their reception by the buyers. The Market offers home furnishings in all styles and price points, so there is something to suit every taste and every budget. Need a stuffed giraffe for that safari inspired display? Check.
How about a giant birdcage chair for your aviary? Check.
Maybe the biggest sectional ever? Check.
Or a custom dog bed to match your sofa? Yup. Got it.
And, just like in a mall, you will see every kind of shopper. There are high heeled, custom clothed interior designers. There are rumpled, tennis shoe wearing owners of the mom and pop stores that are still so prevalent in the furniture industry. There are young hipsters striding intently with their iPads and blue tooth ear pieces. There are older gentlemen who have been in the business longer than the hipsters have been alive, shuffling just as intently. But for all their differences, they all have one thing in common: They come to High Point twice a year to shop the biggest collection of home furnishings in the world.
Furniture has become very much a fashion industry in the last decade and a half, what with Pantone’s color of the year, and popular tones for metal and wood fininshes changing in the blink of an eye. The good news is, just like fashion styles, you don’t have to embrace every new trend that comes along. The same way most women know what fashions look best on them, and change just a few accent pieces in their wardrobe to stay on trend, the same came be done in your home. No one really expects to see a person walk down the street in runway fashion designs, and most people don’t constantly update all their home furnishings as styles come and go. Your home, like your outfits, should most of all reflect YOU, and not every new decorating style is going to work for you.
So suppose you really loooove this room, from the Designer Showhouse of New York, May 2014
Great room, but probably too pricey for most of us.
But maybe you have a neutral color sofa already.
Suppose you switched the pillows out for something like this:
You could add an inexpensive accent chair like this, ($175, here at Smith Village)
and already you have the feel of the room for a minimal expense.
You could mimic the brassy shine in the designer room by spray painting some old accent pieces or lamps. (Krylon has some great metal finish spray paints.) The key is to not be afraid to change what you have. Paint can always be repainted and pillows can be recovered.
If you want to keep going, add a rug like this,
and you’re well on your way.
From there you can take it as far as you want to go.
The same idea will work with most any room style… you add some new pillows, change some inexpensive accent pieces and paint, and you can give your room a whole new spin.
As long as the look expresses your unique style, it’ll be the best trend of all… at least until a new one comes along!
If you came of age in the 80’s, like I did, you probably remember Bruce Springsteen’s iconic album, Born In The U.S.A., and irritated your parents by loudly singing along to cuts like “Dancing In The Dark,” “I’m On Fire”, “Glory Days,” “My Hometown,” and of course the title track. Many of the songs referenced small town life and America’s manufacturing roots. It seemed to be a simpler time then.
This was before the proliferation of the big box stores that sent stateside businesses scrambling for a way to compete with the volume pricing of the mega vendors. It was inevitable that American manufacturers were going to have to cut costs to compete. Thus followed an outsourcing of labor that downsized the manufacturers, closed plants and left a swath of unemployment in its wake; much like a line from “My Hometown:” “Foreman says ‘these jobs are going boys, and they ain’t coming back.'”
30 years later, we need to realize that imported products and outsourced labor come at the cost of American jobs. If we make an effort to buy American, more jobs will be required to supply that demand. More jobs result in more spending by those newly employed. If they buy American, the upward spiral continues. To keep the American economy strong we need the American manufacturer, the American product, and the American consumer.
Bruce Springsteen recognized that manufacturing was the backbone of America back in 1984. It’s time for us to acknowledge our roots once again. Buy American.
And then sing at the top of your lungs and embarrass your kids: “I’m a cool rockin’ daddy in the U.S.A.”
Today we’re going to visit with Mr. & Mrs. Shopper. They are interested in buying a new sofa, and have already decided on a style that they saw online, the SuperSofa. In preparation, they have been reading all the newspaper inserts, and watching the TV commercials. They are especially interested in a 50% off sale advertised by their local Store A.
So Mr. & Mrs. Shopper go sofa shopping. Because they have 2 kids, Sally and Sammy, and a limited amount of time, they split up to go to 2 different stores. Mr. Shopper takes Sally and goes to store A. As he heads in the door, Sally, who is 2, has a temper tantrum, and he only has time to ask if they carry the SuperSofa. They do, he learns, and by golly it’s on sale for 50% off! He loads Sally back into her carseat where she falls asleep immediately, and he heads back home to tell the Mrs. the great news.
Mrs. Shopper, meanwhile, is at Store B with Sammy. The salesperson tells them the store is offering 5% off the tagged prices. As they start to sit down on the Super Sofa, which is tagged at $699, Sammy, who has just turned 3, has a typical toddler accident, so they too head back home.
That night after the kids finally go to sleep, they compare notes. Mrs. Shopper says that Store B is having a five percent off sale, and the SuperSofa which was tagged at $699 will now only cost them $664.05. Mr. Shopper snorts, and says that Store A has the same sofa, and it’s 50% off. Since Grandma Shopper is coming to watch the kids tomorrow, they decide to go back to Store A together and save a lot of money by getting the SuperSofa at 50% off.
They get to Store A the next night, and tell the saleperson that they want to buy the SuperSofa. He gladly writes them up, and tells them what a great deal they are getting at 50% off the reference price, and hands them a sales slip for $699.50. Whoa! Sticker shock! This sofa is 50% off? But it costs more than the same sofa at Store A, and that one was only discounted 5%!
What Mr. & Mrs. Shopper didn’t realize was that Store A was not taking 50% off the regular selling price, they were taking it off a reference price, described as a dollar value based on non sale prices of similar quality furniture available at major retailers. And not knowing what that reference price was, there was no way to know whether 50% off was a good deal or not. Thank goodness Mrs. Shopper had gone to Store B and found out the actual price of that sofa before they pulled out their plastic.
The moral of this story is this: Stores advertise to get buyers into their stores. But it’s up to the shopper to make sure that in the end the deal that sounds the best truly offers the best value.
Of course there’s a happy ending to this story. Mr. & Mrs. Shopper went back to Store B, bought their SuperSofa, and they all lived happily ever after… until Sally spilled strawberry soda all over their brand spanking new sofa. But that, my friends, is another story entirely.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 was an overcast day with a spattering of rain now and then. It might have started as a quiet morning in Jacobus, most are; but by 8:30 there was enough sawing, nailing and drilling to wake up even the drowsiest of sleepers. It was another workday on Laurie Hanline and her family’s Habitat for Humanity home, and today the volunteers were from Smith Village, right up the street. Because the home is in Jacobus makes it natural that our store would get involved, but it was made even more so as the building lot was a donation from the Smith family. Because of that, all of us at the store kind of look at it as “our” house. We can walk across the street at any time to check on the progress, which has been impressive.
The Smith family (Dale, Anna Mae, Susie and Dallas) all turned out to help; and Bill, Mary, Mark, Jim and I rounded out the team. Our supervisor was Bob, who wasted no time assigning jobs to all of us. He singled out Susie and Mary to be our “cutters.” We were going to be working on the home’s siding and soffit, so their work was crucial. Susie was a little nervous about it. I think her exact words were, “Don’t look at me! I’m not using a saw!” But Bob wasn’t at all put off by her reluctance, and within 15 minutes she and Mary were old pros. Bob chose well – these two were efficient and precise, and kept us supplied with siding and soffit cut to measure for the rest of the day.
Habitat was very lucky to have Jim on the job site that day. With years of building experience, he was able to take over the bending, cutting and installing of aluminum fascia, which freed the Habitat employees to accomplish other jobs too complicated for us volunteers. Jim knew exactly what to do, and I’m sure this allowed our team to complete far more that day than we would have otherwise. In his typical contrary manner, however, he refused to take any credit and just said, “I did whatever needed to be done.” I would have to add that he did it all very well.
Anna Mae, Dale, Bill and I worked on the siding to the left and right of the garage door. When we reached the top of the door, we realized that the two sides did not line up, and Dale and Anna Mae had to pull off the one side and redo it. Now at this point I was recruited by Bob for a different area, and I didn’t get back around the front until about a half hour later. By then, Bill had managed to unite the two sides seamlessly, and it looked great. I was impressed. Bill was modest. (Like, “aw shucks, me?” modest.)
It made me think how tough it must be for the Habitat for Humanity supervisors to be leading a crew of rank amateurs every day with the good humor and grace that they continually demonstrate. After all, it is up to them to make sure that the work they do is up to code, as well as suitable to the homeowner. They deserve a lot of credit.
After the masterminding of the garage problem; Bob realized that Bill has had some building experience, and he pulled him off siding to do some of the trickier soffit work. He and a Habitat employee installed soffit all across the front of the house, then Bill moved on to installing J channel, assembling scaffolding and installing nailer boards for drywall inside the house. He made it all look easy.
Meanwhile, around the side of the garage, the rest of us were putting up siding, from the bottom to the top. The project was a team effort: measuring, cutting, and nailing. Dallas, Mark and I, and another volunteer named Stephanie hammered away all day; and once we got into the roof peak, Jim came to our rescue and cut all the angle pieces. We never could have finished that side in one day without Jim. Mark says he can now pass for a skilled craftsman, as he didn’t hammer his finger even once, which is more than I can say for myself.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the behind the scenes players involved with the house. Lance Beard from Beard’s Towing in Jacobus, and Brad Douts of Douts’s Excavating in Loganville did the site work and excavation required to build the foundation of the home, long before the house was anything more than a blueprint. Without their dual effort, there would have been no house for us to work on. Their work is just one example of how the community here in the Jacobus/Loganville area has rallied around Laurie Hanline and her family. Southern York Countians are often characterized as reserved, old fashioned, stick in the muds. Ok, sometimes we are. But we’re always here for our neighbors when they need a hand. Welcome to Jacobus, Laurie. You’re one of us now!
Leg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays. They offer many services to their clients, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, animal assisted programs and much more. This year, Leg Up began construction of a new Wellness and Education Center addition to their current facility, which will allow them to expand their services to include aquatic therapy, art therapy, and dance/music therapy. When we were contacted to see if we were interested in furnishing their new Daily Living Skills Area, where clients would learn how to care for themselves in a home environment, we jumped at the chance. We met with Melissa Maley and Tom O’Connor from Leg Up in June to learn what they were looking for and what sort of space we had to work with.
As with most design projects, your plans are usually much grander then the size of the space in which you have to fit them, and this was no exception. They were hoping to fit a single bed and dresser, love seat, end tables and a dinette in the 16′ x 20′ space… and a third of the area was already designated for a kitchen. No problem! We had the rest of the summer to work on the project; completion of the wing wasn’t scheduled until the end of September, at the earliest.
We needed a jumping off place for the design, and found it in a colorful picture of a tree in a field, with blues and oranges. With lots of emails back and forth from Melissa and Tom, we gradually came up with a design that would be accessible, easy to clean, sturdy, and- oh yeah!- attractive! We chose a recycled leather sofa in a cool gray, dark toned wood pieces, and accented it all with blues and bright greens.
In September we got the word that the room was finished enough for us to go and have a first hand look, and off we went to see what we were getting into. Melissa and Tom gave us a tour of the entire facility and WOW! It’s amazing.
Leg Up Farm is the brainchild of Louie Castriota Jr. When his young daughter was diagnosed with a disease causing cognitive and motor function delays, he came to realize that there was no one place dedicated to address the multiple issues of children with special needs. Leg Up offers physical, cognitive, emotional and social support all in one location to help children become better able to function in the community. A look around the facility quickly makes it clear that Louie takes this mission very seriously… virtually everything is interactive and accessible to children with various disabilities. Take a look:
Aquatic therapy pool.
These few photos are, quite simply, not enough to give an adequate idea of what they have to offer here… I didn’t even take a picture of the stable and indoor riding ring! This is a state of the art facility, and operates strictly as a non-profit organization.
Their mission statement:
…to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through an effective combination of therapeutic programs and services, education, and advocacy.
“We believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Getting back to our room… it was, well, small. But the windows had a beautiful view of the fields and woods behind the farm. We went back to work energized and awed at the scope of the facility, and our small part in this remarkable place. Everything fell into line, and by the end of September the room was ready, and so were we.
September 26, 2013: one day, 4 people, some nuts and bolts, and voila! We had a newly furnished Daily Living Skills Area for some very deserving young people. We were thrilled at how it all came together, and the Leg Up staff seemed to be pleased as well; which, of course, was the more important part. By the time I write this, children will be getting a chance to use the room, learning all those things they will need to know in order to take care of some of their own needs: cooking, cleaning up, making a bed, doing laundry… those things most of us don’t need to think twice about.
The project was an eye opening one for us. We were filled with admiration for this organization’s effort to provide these kids with the skills and therapy they need to have the best possible chance of living life to the fullest. We’re glad we got to play a part.
Leg Up Farm will be holding an Open House on Saturday, October 19th, 11 am – 2 pm.
For more information go to www.LegUpFarm.org, or call 717-266-9264.
Big doings are afoot in little Jacobus PA. A much talked about story in York County PA of late is that of Laurie Hanline, her family, and Habitat for Humanity’s search for a lot on which to build a handicapped accessible home. They have finally found the perfect location here in Jacobus, on a lot generously donated by the Smith family of Smith Village.
Laurie is a full time student at York College, and full time mom of sons Jacob and Allen as well. Thirteen year old Allen, the only surviving child of a set of triplets, is both physically and mentally handicapped. The doorways in the home they are currently renting are too narrow for Allen’s wheelchair, so Laurie carries him from room to room. Their new home will be completely handicapped accessible, with space for Laurie’s mom, who often provides childcare. The Habitat for Humanity Women Build home will be located on a lovely, partially wooded lot on Meadow Street, with a secluded backyard that has plenty of room for kids to play.
The ground breaking ceremony for the home was on September 7th at 10 am, and in the short space of 3 weeks, excavation was begun and the foundation walls completed. The walls and roof will be put up during “Blitz Week,” the week of October 8-12, and on October 22nd the seasoned crew of Habitat for Humanity volunteers from here at The Village will be back at work, this time just down the street from our store.
It’s a heartwarming thought, knowing that by next year this very deserving family will have their own, fully accessible home. I know that all of us here in Jacobus are proud to be part of such a worthwhile endeavor, and wish all the best to Laurie and her family in their beautiful new home.
Smith Village will be offering a discount in the amount of your sales tax to any customers who make a donation of $5 or more between October 3 and October 20. You can also contact Habitat for Humanity at 854-6168 to donate or volunteer, or visit their website at http://yorkhabitat.org/